POLITICS

Nova Scotia wants to execute warrants in other provinces for minor offences

11/05/2012 02:14 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
HALIFAX - Nova Scotia is seeking the authority to conduct search warrants in other provinces for summary offences such as speeding and workplace safety infractions, the province's justice minister says.

Ross Landry said his province would become the first in Canada to seek to gather evidence from other provinces that is connected to cases in Nova Scotia under legislative changes proposed Monday.

However, Landry said other provinces and territories would have to sign reciprocal agreements in order for Nova Scotia's changes to take effect.

"We see this as a gap in the system and we are trying to bridge this difference," said Landry. "We've laid down the foundation for legislation and that will allow us to partner with other provinces."

Landry said although no agreements were imminent, the province is seeking willing partners.

Peter Craig, a senior Crown attorney with the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service, said the Uniform Law Conference, an organization that seeks to harmonize laws between provinces and territories, is helping in that regard.

Craig said while cross-jurisdictional problems do arise occasionally with summary offences, it's an issue that is hard to quantify.

"I think what you are seeing here is Nova Scotia being proactive in anticipating more frequent interprovincial commerce and companies and individuals doing business in Nova Scotia," said Craig.