This page is intended to help the media and the public get access to information they are entitled to under the law and the policies of the Nova Scotia Courts. Click on the headings below for more information on each topic:
USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE COURTS >>
Any questions, comments or suggestions relating to this page or the
documents listed below should be sent to Jennifer Stairs, Director of Communications for the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary.
Use of Electronic Devices and Technology in the Courts
The Courts of Nova Scotia, in consultation with representatives of the media, have developed a policy regarding the use of social media, including Twitter, and other similar technologies from inside all courthouses and courtrooms.
The policy took effect on May 15, 2014, and it is now part of the Courts' policy on the use of electronic devices in the Courts. To view the complete policy, by levels and types of courts, click on USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES POLICY >>
Guidelines Regarding Media And Public Access to the Courts
The Nova Scotia Judiciary has a series of guidelines regarding media and public access to the Courts. These guidelines are developed and kept up-to-date by the Media Liaison Committee, a group which includes Judges and representatives of the media. The guidelines deal with physical access to the Courts, access to court files, records, and other information, and the use of audio and video equipment inside courtrooms and courthouses.
Cameras in the Court of Appeal
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has revised its rules regarding requests to use cameras in its courtrooms during court proceedings in order to simplify the process.They took effect as of October 8th, 2014. The Court's earlier protocol (March 2003) regarding requests to use cameras in its courtrooms during court proceedings has been repealed.
Access to Search Warrant Logs In Provincial Court
Provincial Courts across Nova Scotia provide access to a binder containing log sheets for search warrants, which are accessible to both the public and the media. This binder contains only log sheets for accessible warrants issued or unsealed on or after October 1, 2011.
The policy states that:
Media Liaison Committee
The Nova Scotia Judiciary has a committee which deals with issues of media and public access - both physical access (to the courthouses and courtrooms) as well as to the information and files maintained by the Courts. The Media Liaison Committee is composed of members of the Judiciary and representatives of the media. This Committee meets regularly to discuss issues of mutual concern. It also develops guidelines regarding access.
For more information about the committee, please contact:
Copies of Audio Recordings of Court Proceedings
The Courts provide copies of the audio recordings of Court proceedings on CDs. No text transcripts are made available. However, there are several certified commercial transcription services in the Province that can produce transcripts from the audio recordings.
For contact information for Nova Scotia courthouses click here: COURTHOUSE LOCATIONS >>
Receive Court Decisions by E-mail
Only members of the news media are eligible to receive decisions via e-mail.
To receive decisions via e-mail, please contact the Courts Communications Director:
The Courts also provide daily notices of decisions being released (as well as links to the decisions themselves) via Twitter.
The Courts of Nova Scotia maintain a free e-mail subscription service to advise the media of applications made to the Courts for publication bans and other similar Court orders. Subscribers receive an e-mail message advising that an application has been made and when and where it will be heard.
For an explanation of this service, detailed instructions on how to use it, and the required form, please go to:
To subscribe to receive such notices, CONTACT THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS >>