The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House resumed on
April 25, 2017.

Bill No. 57

Dignity for Victims of Sexual Violence Act

An Act to Amend Chapter 14 of the Acts of 1989, the Victims' Rights and Services Act

Introduced by:
Honourable Jamie Baillie
Cumberland South

First Reading
Second Reading Debates
Second Reading Passed
Law Amendments Committee
Committee of the Whole House
Third Reading Debates
Third Reading
Royal Assent
Commencement

Explanatory Note

This Bill entitles a victim of sexual violence to be treated with respect when testifying about the sexual violence and enshrines the right of a victim of sexual violence to legal representation. It also requires the Director of Victim Services to pay, out of the General Revenue Fund of Nova Scotia, the reasonable costs of legal representation for a victim of sexual violence who wants, but cannot afford, legal representation in relation to the prosecution of the accused.