Tips to Help Prevent the Spread of

the COVID-19 Virus

 

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For more information on the COVID-19 virus, including
updates from public health officials, please visit WWW.NOVASCOTIA.CA/CORONAVIRUS/

 

Chief Justice Michael Wood spoke with
CBC Information Morning on March 25
about how the Nova Scotia Courts are
adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic
.

 

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW >>

 
MEASURES IN THE COURT OF APPEAL
 
March 27 - UPCOMING APPEALS ADJOURNED; FILING DEADLINES SUSPENDED >>
March 16 - PREVENTATIVE MEASURES IN THE COURT OF APPEAL >>
   
MEASURES IN THE SUPREME COURT (INCLUDING FAMILY DIVISION)
 
   
 
   
     April 2 - VIRTUAL AFFIDAVITS IN SUPREME COURT PROCEEDINGS >>  
March 28 - SOME SUPREME COURT FILING DEADLINES SUSPENDED >>  
March 26 - SUPREME COURT ACCEPTING FILINGS ELECTRONICALLY >>  
March 26 - SCHEDULING GUIDELINES IN THE FAMILY DIVISION >>  
March 19 - SUPREME COURT ADOPTS ESSENTAL SERVICES MODEL >>  
March 16 - ADDITIONAL PREVENTATIVE MEASURES IN THE SUPREME COURT >>  
March 15 - PREVENTATIVE MEASURES IN THE SUPREME COURT >>  
March 13 - ALL UPCOMING JURY TRIALS SUSPENDED >>  
   
MEASURES IN THE PROVINCIAL COURT AND YOUTH JUSTICE COURT
 

 

 
CONSOLIDATED DIRECTIVE FOR THE PROVINCIAL COURT & YOUTH JUSTICE COURT >>
This document consolidates, and in some cases updates earlier directives issued by the Court.
   
March 31 - NEW PROCEDURE FOR SURETY DECLARATIONS >>  
                   SURETY DECLARATIONS FORM >>  
                   NEW PROCESS FOR INDIVIDUALS IN POLICE CUSTODY >>  
                   NEW PROCESS TO VARY RELEASE/PROBATION ORDERS BY CONSENT >>  
                   APPLICATION FORM TO VARY RELEASE/PROBATION ORDERS BY CONSENT >>  
March 20 - MORE TIME TO PAY FINES, DEFAULT CONVICTIONS SUSPENDED >>  
March 18 - FURTHER RESTRICTIONS IN PROVINCIAL COURT >>  
March 16 - PREVENTATIVE MEASURES IN THE PROVINCIAL COURT >>  
   
MEASURES IN THE FAMILY COURT
 

 

 

   
March 18 - PREVENTATIVE MEASURES IN THE FAMILY COURT >>  
   
MEASURES IN SMALL CLAIMS, BANKRUPTCY & PROBATE COURT
   
March 16 - PREVENTATIVE MEASURES IN SMALL CLAIMS, BANKRUPTCY & PROBATE  
   


Judicial Stability in Times of Crisis

 

Extraordinary times can test our fundamental institutions. The COVID-19 virus is such an event.

 

Although we are still in the early days of this pandemic, I am confident our judicial system will be able to meet the challenges that lie ahead.


Over the past week, the Nova Scotia Courts have introduced a wide range of preventative measures that will help minimize the spread of COVID-19, while keeping the Courts open to hear urgent and essential matters. These measures are based on the advice of public health officials and will help protect the health and well-being of our staff, justice participants and all Nova Scotians while the Courts continue to operate. READ THE FULL OP-ED FROM CHIEF JUSTICE MICHAEL J. WOOD >>

   

Preventative Measures Applicable to All Nova Scotia Courts


Counsel or members of the public who have travelled internationally within the last two weeks, who are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, or have been directed by public health officials, 811 or their doctor to self-isolate should not visit a courthouse anywhere in Nova Scotia.

Individuals who are due in court who have travelled recently or are experiencing symptoms should contact their lawyer or the Court immediately to seek instructions from the presiding judge in their case.

Communal water jugs and disposable cups will no longer be provided in any courtrooms. Instead, counsel will be allowed to bring their own individual water bottles, which they must take with them or dispose of at the end of the proceedings.

The province is increasing cleaning protocols inside courtrooms, as well as secure and common areas of courthouses.

Counsel in all matters are encouraged to cooperate to determine what matters can be dealt with through alternative measures, such as telephone and video conferencing. This will help reduce the number of people who need to appear in person. Social distancing measures will be practised for all court matters that proceed in person.

The free legal clinics at the courthouses in Sydney, Truro, Yarmouth and the Law Courts in Halifax are closed until further notice. Any pending appointments will be rescheduled during the summer session, or earlier by phone, if possible.

 

Finally, counsel and the public are advised there may be delays in processing paperwork at some courthouses, depending on staffing levels.