BILL NO. 4
1st Session, 63rd General Assembly
66 Elizabeth II, 2017
Private Member's Bill
Dignity for Victims of Sexual Violence Act
First Reading: September 26, 2017
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.
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 This Act may be cited as the Dignity for Victims of Sexual Violence Act.
2 Section 2 of Chapter 14 of the Acts of 1989, the Victims' Rights and Services Act, as amended by Chapter 36 of the Acts of 1992, is amended by adding immediately after clause (d) the following clause:
(3) The money required for the purpose of this Section must be paid out of money appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature and, for greater certainty, no money is payable pursuant to this Section until the money is appropriated by the Legislature.
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