04/07/2016 14:44 EDT | Updated 04/08/2017 01:12 EDT

Nova Scotia government may forego rewriting pioneering cyberbullying act

HALIFAX — Four months after a judge struck down Nova Scotia's pioneering cyberbullying law as unconstitutional, the province's justice minister says she has yet to decide whether rewrite the act or appeal the decision.

Diana Whalen said Thursday the absence of the law — inspired by the death of teenager Rehtaeh Parsons — has created a void in the justice system because the province's groundbreaking, five-member CyberScan unit no longer has the tools it needs to combat cyberbullying.

However, Whalen says the province may turn to other means to revamp its tools for dealing with online harassment.

Whalen says that could include making amendments to existing acts or introducing new policy tools and training to get the job done.

She says meetings have been held, but no decisions have been made.

As well, she says no deadline has been set for filing an appeal of the December court decision because the court has yet to issue a written ruling.

The Canadian Press