BILL NO. 130
3rd Session, 61st General Assembly
60 Elizabeth II, 2011
Private Member's Bill
Victims' Rights and Services Act
Halifax Clayton Park
First Reading: December 6, 2011
Clause 1 ensures that all of the money collected through the victim-fine surcharge is used to directly benefit victims of crime.
Clause 4 requires the necessary funds to be paid out of moneys appropriated by the Legislature.
Clause 2 removes the cap in the regulations on the hourly rate and maximum number of counselling hours.
Clause 3 gives an applicant who is dissatisfied with a decision of the Director 180 days to appeal the decision.
An Act to Amend Chapter 14
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 Section 9 of Chapter 14 of the Acts of 1989, the Victims' Rights and Services Act, is amended by
of the Acts of 1989,
the Victims' Rights and Services Act
(a) adding “(1)” immediately after the Section number; and
(b) adding immediately after subsection (1) as numbered by clause (a) the following subsection:
(2) Expenditures authorized pursuant to subsection (1) may not include
salary or administration costs for the Department of Justice or any other payment that does
not directly benefit a victim.
2 Chapter 14 is further amended by adding immediately after Section 11H the following Section:
11I (1) An award of compensation made by the Director pursuant to this Act may include an amount for counselling services.
3 Subsection 11L(1) of Chapter 14, as enacted by Chapter 36 of the Acts of 1992 and amended by Chapter 4 of the Acts of 2000, is further amended by adding “, within one hundred and eighty days,” immediately after “may” in the fourth line.
4 The moneys required for the purpose of this Act must be paid out of moneys appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.
(2) An amount for counselling services may include an hourly rate and a maximum number of counselling hours.
(3) The hourly rate and maximum number of counselling
hours shall be determined by the Director on a case-by-case basis.
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