The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House adjourned:
October 26, 2017.

Bill No. 17

Police Act (amended)

An Act to Amend Chapter 31 of the Acts of 2004, the Police Act, Respecting Complaints and the Nova Scotia Police Review Board

Introduced by:
Honourable Lena Metlege Diab
Minister of Justice

First Reading
Second Reading Debates
Second Reading Passed
Law Amendments Committee
    Meeting Date(s) October 14, 2014
    Reported to the House
Committee of the Whole House
Third Reading Debates
Third Reading
Royal Assent
Commencement November 20, 2014
2014 Statutes, Chapter 56

Explanatory Note

Clause 1 removes the mandatory requirement that the Nova Scotia Police Complaints Commissioner conduct an investigation when attempting to resolve a complaint.

Clause 2 requires the Chair or one of the two co-chairs of the Review Board to hold a law degree.

Clause 3 directs the filing of an annual report by the Complaints Commissioner rather than by the Review Board.

Clause 4 authorizes the Complaints Commissioner rather than the Review Board to publish statistics showing the nature and resolution of complaints.

Clause 5

(a) dispenses with the requirement that the Complaints Commissioner forward an unresolved complaint that is without merit or an abuse of process to the Review Board; and

(b) authorizes the Complaints Commissioner rather than the Review Board to publish statistics of complaints satisfactorily resolved by the Complaints Commissioner.

Clause 6 explicitly authorizes the Review Board to determine questions of fact and law.

Clause 7 requires the filing of the notice of review with the Complaints Commissioner rather than with the Review Board.