The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House resumed on:
September 21, 2017.

Bill No. 81

Provincial Court Act (amended)

An Act to Amend Chapter 238 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Provincial Court Act, Respecting Sexual Assault Law Education for Judges

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

Explanatory Note

Clause 1 requires
(a) persons appointed as provincial court judges to complete comprehensive education training in sexual assault law before taking their oath of office; and
(b) the Attorney General to pay the cost of the training.
Clause 2 requires
(a) every person holding the office of provincial court judge to complete continuing education seminars and courses relating to sexual assault law at frequencies determined by the judge in consultation with the Chief Judge; and
(b) the Attorney General to pay the cost of continuing education.
Clause 3 requires a judge to provide a written decision setting out the reasons for judgment when the proceeding is for a sexual offence pursuant to the Criminal Code.
Clause 4 requires
(a) the Chief Judge to consider the time required by a Judge to attend and complete continuing education relating to sexual assault when assigning judicial duties;
(b) the Chief Judge to report annually to the Attorney General on the program content and the number of judges attending and completing the continuing education seminars and courses; and
(c) the Attorney General to table the report in the House of Assembly.