The Policy Explained .....

There is a “permissive” version which allows Tweeting, Texting, and E-mailing, Etc. for any purpose, including publication, unless the presiding Judge orders otherwise or there is a publication ban on certain information. And there is a “restrictive’ version which does not allow Tweeting, Texting, and E-mailing, Etc. for publication without the permission of the presiding Judge.

In the . . . . .

Court of Appeal
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Family Division

Provincial Court
Domestic Violence Court
Drug Court
Small Claims Court
Probate Court
Bankruptcy Court

..... subject to any publication bans that may exist and excluding Challenge For Cause proceedings during jury selection, transmitting information about court proceedings while court is in session, for publication and by any means (including Twitter, Texting, E-mail, etc.) is allowed unless the presiding Judge orders otherwise.

 

 

In the . . . . .

Youth Court

Mental Health Court Family Court

. . . . . the transmission of text information about court proceedings from inside a courtroom while court is in session, for publication and by any means (including Twitter, Texting, E-mail, Etc.), is not allowed without the permission of the presiding Judge.

 

PLEASE NOTE:
There are also other restrictions in the
Youth Court, Mental Health Court, and Family Court.

In Youth Court and Mental Health Court, the “restrictive” policy applies only to members of the media. Members of the public must turn off and put away all of their electronic devices before entering the courtroom.

Family Court (not Supreme Court Family Division), by statute (The Family Court Act of Nova Scotia), is not open to the public or media except during child protection hearings.
When Family Court is hearing child protection matters, the “restrictive policy applies only to members of the media. Members of the public must turn off and put away all of their electronic devices before entering the courtroom.

NOTE:

The Courts’ policies regarding the use of all electronic devices for other purposes, inside courthouses and inside courtrooms, remain in effect.

These are outlined in the following documents (with the new “Twitter” policy incorporated):

USE OF TWITTER & ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN FAMILY COURT >>

USE OF TWITTER & ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN YOUTH COURT & MENTAL HEALTH COURT >>

USE OF TWITTER & ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN ALL OTHER NOVA SCOTIA COURTS >>