State Funded Counsel Applications
A Rowbotham application is named after the Ontario Court of Appeal decision in R v. Rowbotham,  OJ No 271, 41 CCC (3d) 1 (ONCA). It means you have a constitutional right to have a lawyer if it is necessary for fairness of trial.
THE HYDE INQUIRY
On November 22, 2007, Howard Hyde died while in custody. His mental disorder had contributed to an incident which brought him into conflict with the law. He suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.
On December 8, 2010, after a lengthy inquiry, Provincial Court Judge Anne Derrick submitted her report into Mr. Hyde’s death. It includes a series of recommendations regarding: mental health services and supports, supports within the criminal justice system, collaboration, training, and the use of force.READ THE REPORT >>
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The Provincial Court is a court of record and is open to the public.
Its authority is statutory and its judges are empowered to carry out judicial acts under a number of statutes. The Provincial Court deals mainly, although not exclusively, with criminal and quasi-criminal charges, over which it has broad jurisdiction. Almost all persons charged with an offence, whether federal, provincial or municipal, must appear in Provincial Court, and most charges are tried there. More than than 95% of the proceedings which commence in Provincial Court remain there to completion.
The Provincial Court sits regularly in courthouses across
Click here for COURTHOUSE CONTACT INFORMATION >>
Judges of the Provincial Court have jurisdiction throughout the province. They also preside over inquiries under the Fatality Investigations Act and conduct recounts under the Municipal Elections Act. Click here for more information, including a list of the PROVINCIAL & FAMILY COURT JUDGES >>
The Youth Justice Court also falls under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Court. And the Court offers a Mental Health Court Program and a Domestic Violence Court Program.
Enhancing the use of video appearances in the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia is one several initiatives of the Criminal Justice Transformation Group (CJTG).
The CJTG >> is an action group working toward transformational change in the criminal justice system in Nova Scotia. Its mandate is to work collaboratively in an effective and efficient manner to ensure the criminal justice system is strategic in bringing forth positive change, and accessible for all individuals.
Today, the use of video conferencing is common practice in Provincial Courts throughout Nova Scotia. Thanks to advances in technology, it is possible for witnesses, defendants, counsel and even judges to appear and participate in the Court process by video. The Practice Directive governing video conferencing, as well as Appearance Forms and other related documents can be found HERE >>
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|JUDGES OF THE PROVINCIAL & FAMILY COURTS >>|
|VACCINATION STATUS OF PROVINCIAL COURT JUDGES >>|
|RULES AND FORMS OF THE PROVINCIAL COURT >>|
|DARTMOUTH WELLNESS COURT >>
(includes Mental Health Court, Opioid Court, Alcohol Court & Judicial Monitoring programs)
|DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COURT PROGRAM >>|
|YOUTH JUSTICE COURT >>|
|COURT-MONITORED DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAM IN KENTVILLE >>|
|COURT-MONITORED MENTAL HEALTH COURT PROGRAM IN KENTVILLE >>|
|GLADUE & WELLNESS COURTS IN WAGMATCOOK >>|
|SUMMARY OFFENCE TICKETS & NIGHT COURT >>|
|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS >>|
If you need to file a Court form and it is permissible to file it via e-mail,
NOTE: These e-mail addresses are only to be used for filing Court Forms,