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
Honourable Lena Metlege Diab
Minister of Justice
|First Reading||October 3, 2014|
|Second Reading Debates||October 7, 2014|
|Second Reading Passed||October 7, 2014|
|Law Amendments Committee||Submission Summary
|Meeting Date(s)||October 14, 2014|
|Reported to the House||October 15, 2014|
|Committee of the Whole House||October 21, 2014|
|Third Reading Debates|
|Third Reading||October 30, 2014|
|Royal Assent||November 20, 2014|
|Commencement||November 20, 2014|
|2014 Statutes, Chapter 56||View|
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.
(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.