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