04 Feb The Criminal Justice System in Nova Scotia: Issues and Challenges

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Date(s) - 02/04/2019 - 03/27/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Captain William Spry Community Centre

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The Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association (NSCJA) is presenting a course through the Seniors’ College Association of Nova Scotia (SCANS) – winter term 2019.


Please Note: This course is only open to SCANS members. For further information and to register for the course go to www.thescans.org



The Criminal Justice System in Nova Scotia: Issues and challenges


Course Overview:


The criminal justice system plays an important role in promoting public safety through crime prevention initiatives; holding offenders accountable and providing opportunities for reintegration; and supporting victims of crime, their families and witnesses.

And yet, many citizens do not understand how the system works. Unfortunately, misinformation can erode public confidence in the justice system.

This course aims to promote understanding of how the adult criminal justice system works in Nova Scotia. Case studies will be used to describe how the system responds to victims, offenders and witnesses from the point of first contact with law enforcement personnel, through the court and correctional systems, through to release into the community.

The course will answer questions that are of interest to participants, such as:

  • How do police investigate different types of crimes?
  • What does remand mean? What is an undertaking? Under what circumstances are alleged offenders released into the community/held in custody while awaiting trial?
  • What is the role of the Crown attorney? Defence counsel? What factors does the judge consider in sentencing?
  • What types of corrections programs are provided? What is the difference between provincial and federal institutions? Between probation and parole?
  • How are parole decisions made? How is risk assessed? What happens when parole is suspended/revoked?
  • What is restorative justice?
  • How are victims supported throughout their involvement with the criminal justice system?

The course will be delivered by a team of professionals from all sectors of the justice system.

Course to begin week of February 4, 2019 and run for 6 weeks; 2-hour sessions once/week. Will be held 10:00am – noon at the Captain William Spry Community Centre.

For further information: https://www.thescans.org/courses-winter-2019.html



2019 SCANS Resource List


Speakers’ Power Point Presentations:

– Introduction

– Crime Prevention

– Corrections

– Victims’ Introduction

– Victims’ Introduction

– Victims’ Halifax Regional Police
– Victims’ RCMP
– Victims’ Provincial DOJ
– Victims’ Parole Board of Canada and Correctional Services Canada

– Law Enforcement Introduction

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