Appearing in Provincial Court via video link
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 that is transforming the province’s criminal justice system. Its mandate is to “work collaboratively, in an effective and efficient manner, to ensure the criminal justice system in Nova Scotia is strategic in bringing forth positive change”.
Together, Judiciary and justice system stakeholders have designed a process to increase the use of video appearances where appropriate (by persons in custody, witnesses, and counsel).
It is being piloted at the Halifax Provincial Court as of April 1, 2015. Other Court locations are also being encouraged to initiate similar procedures based on the related Practice Directive, Appearance Forms and Flow Charts.
These and other documents can be found the Courts of Nova Scotia website, on this page (to the right): http://courts.ns.ca/Provincial_Court/NSPC_criminal_rules_forms.htm#VideoAppear