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Lawyer in private practice critical of methodology in provincial program

Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Donalee Moulton

The Nova Scotia government is not committing to making its Domestic Violence Court Program a permanent fixture in the province’s legal landscape, but it has extended the four-year pilot initiative for another 12 months. The extension comes with a significant cost to the private bar and a defendant’s right to a trial, one lawyer told The Lawyers Weekly.

The court, established in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in 2012, is intended to stop the cycle of domestic abuse and make life better for victims and their...