Assemblée Législative de la Nouvelle-Écosse

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21 septembre 2017

Projet de loi no 81

Change of Name Act (amended)

An Act to Amend Chapter 66 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Change of Name Act

Déposé par :
L'honorable John MacDonell
Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations

Première lecture
Débats en deuxième lecture
Adoption en deuxième lecture
Comité des modifications des lois
    Date(s) de réunion 17 novembre 2011; 28 novembre 2011
    Rapport à la Chambre
Comité plénier
Débats de la troisième lecture
Débats de la troisième lecture
Sanction royale
Prise d'effet Sections 3 and 6: May 22, 2012; Sections 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7: January 30, 2014
2011 Statutes, Chapter 37

Note explicative (en anglais seulement)

Clause 1 provides a short title to this Act.

Clause 2
(a) adds definitions of “approved” and “authorized agency”; and

(b) updates the definition of “judge”.

Clause 3 eliminates the requirement that an applicant for a change of name publish notice of the application in the Royal Gazette.
Clause 4
(a) substitutes the use of forms, affidavits and consents prescribed by regulation with ones approved by the Registrar General;

(b) eliminates the requirement that an applicant file a copy of the Royal Gazette containing notice of the application with the Registrar; and

(c) requires that information regarding previous legal changes of name of the person whose name is to be changed be included with the application.

Clause 5
(a) requires that a person whose name is to be changed be fingerprinted by an authorized agency;

(b) requires that the fingerprints be forwarded to the RCMP to enable it to link the person’s present and proposed name if the person has a criminal record;

(c) prevents the Registrar from approving a person’s name change unless the person’s fingerprints have been provided to the RCMP;

(d) sets out what is an authorized agency for the purpose of taking fingerprints;

(e) requires an authorized agency to safeguard the confidentiality of a person’s fingerprints and other personal information; and

(f) permits the Registrar to enter into an agreement with the RCMP, an authorized agency or any person or organization for any purpose related to the new Section 12A in Clause 5.

Clause 6 gives the Registrar discretion to dispense with the publication of notice of the name change in certain circumstances.

Clause 7
(a) removes the Governor in Council’s authority to prescribe forms of applications, notices and affidavits; and
(b) allows the Governor in Council make regulations exempting persons from the fingerprinting requirement, regulating the fingerprinting procedure, establishing requirements to protect the confidentiality of applicants’ fingerprints and other personal information and prescribing an organization as an authorized agency.

Clause 8 provides that this Act comes into force on proclamation.