The members of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs met with the Nova Scotia Mental Health Team on Friday May 6, 2016. The Senate Committee is tasked with ‘examining and reporting’ on matters of delay in the criminal justice system (CJS), but they are also interested more widely in new and innovative options for the CJS. Nova Scotia is world renowned for its Restorative Justice Initiatives, not only in the CJS but in other areas – schools, Dal Dentistry, etc. and so the Senate chose this venue, their first outside of Ottawa to convene hearings.
They were interested in the Nova Scotia Mental Health Court Program so the Team, including our own, Kelly Rowlett, gave them a presentation and answered their questions.
The Team was well received and hope that their meeting will assist the Committee in their task.