Mancini suggests Law Reform Commission review Incompetent Persons Act

June 29, 2016

For Immediate Release

Halifax, NS – Today’s Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruling that the Incompetent Persons Act is unconstitutional is more evidence of the need for the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia, which was cut by the Liberals this year, according to Marian Mancini, NDP Justice Critic, MLA for Dartmouth South, and former Legal Aid lawyer.

“Reviewing and updating complex legislation like the Incompetent Persons Act requires a non-partisan, expert approach, like the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia provides,” says Mancini.  “Unfortunately, Stephen McNeil and the Liberals cut all the funding for the Law Reform Commission without consultation.”

Mancini believes the Liberals should restore funding to the Commission, and then ask the Commission to review the Incompetent Persons Act.

“The courts have provided a one-year timeframe for the government to develop new legislation to fix the unconstitutional elements of the Incompetent Persons Act.  The Law Reform Commission should be asked to conduct broad consultation with all stakeholders and should be funded to do so. Stephen McNeil needs to reverse his mistake on this issue,” Mancini concludes.

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