Nova Scotia Rules of Practice Respecting Applications and Hearings Concerning a Reduction in the Number of Years of Imprisonment without Eligibility for Parole
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, pursuant to subsection 745.64(1)Footnote a of the Criminal Code, hereby makes the annexed Nova Scotia Rules of Practice Respecting Applications and Hearings Concerning a Reduction in the Number of Years of Imprisonment without Eligibility for Parole.
Return to footnote aS.C. 1996, c. 34, s. 2(2)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, December 21, 2004
1 The following definitions apply in these Rules.
Act means the Criminal Code. (Loi)
applicant means a person who makes an application and includes, according to the context, counsel acting for that person. (requérant)
application means an application for a reduction in the number of years of imprisonment without eligibility for parole made by an applicant pursuant to subsection 745.6(1) of the Act. (demande)
- Attorney General
Attorney General means the Attorney General of Nova Scotia and includes counsel acting for the Attorney General. (procureur général)
- Chief Justice
Chief Justice means the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. (juge en chef)
judge means a judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. (juge)
- local prothonotary
local prothonotary means the prothonotary of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for the county in which a pre-hearing conference or hearing in respect of an application takes place. (protonotaire local)
- presiding judge
presiding judge means the judge designated by the Chief Justice pursuant to subsection 745.61(5) of the Act to empanel a jury. (juge qui préside)
prothonotary means the prothonotary of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia at Halifax. (protonotaire)
Application for Reduction
2 An application shall be in writing in Form A set out in the schedule and shall indicate
(a) the applicant’s full name and date of birth;
(b) the name and place of the institution in which the applicant is detained;
(c) the name and place of each institution in which the applicant has been detained since the time of the applicant’s arrest for the offence that is the subject of the application and the date of entry into each of those institutions;
(d) the offence and the sentence in respect of which the application is made, the dates of conviction and sentencing and the place of trial;
(e) any sentence, in addition to the sentence in respect of which the application is made, that the applicant is serving at the time of the application and the date and place of the imposition of that sentence and the offence in respect of which the sentence was imposed;
(f) the grounds to be relied on in support of the application, stated precisely and concisely;
(g) a statement of the relief sought; and
(h) the applicant’s address for service.
3 An application shall be supported by an affidavit of the applicant in Form B set out in the schedule.
Filing of Application
4 An application, together with an affidavit referred to in section 3, shall be filed with the prothonotary.
(2) The service of an application may be effected by registered mail, in which case it is deemed to have been effected on the seventh day after the day on which the application was mailed.
(3) Proof of the service of an application may be established by filing with the prothonotary an affidavit of the person who effected the service.
(4) Proof of service of an application shall be filed with the prothonotary no later than seven days after the day on which the service was effected.
Delivery of Application
6 An application shall be delivered by the prothonotary to the Chief Justice on receipt by the prothonotary of proof of service of the application in accordance with section 5.
(2) Where the Chief Justice determines that subsection 745.6(1) of the Act does not apply to the applicant, the Chief Justice shall dismiss the application.
(3) Where the Chief Justice determines that subsection 745.6(1) of the Act applies to the applicant, the Chief Justice shall determine, or shall designate a judge to determine, pursuant to subsection 745.61(1) of the Act, whether the applicant has shown that there is a reasonable prospect that the application will succeed.
(4) Where the Chief Justice or judge determines that the applicant has shown that there is a reasonable prospect that the application will succeed, the Chief Justice or judge shall give reasons for that determination, shall designate a judge, under paragraph 745.61(5) of the Act, to empanel a jury and shall forward the application and proof of service to that judge.
Designation of Judge
8 The designation of the presiding judge shall be in writing and shall be filed with the prothonotary.
(a) determine the date and place of the pre-hearing conference to be held in connection with the application;
(b) send a written notice of the date and place of the pre-hearing conference to the Attorney General; and
(c) instruct the Attorney General to take the necessary steps to ensure that the applicant is present on the day and at the place determined for the pre-hearing conference.
(2) On receipt of a notice referred to in paragraph (1)(b), the Attorney General shall cause a written notice of the date and place of the pre-hearing conference to be sent by registered mail or any other accepted means of service to
(3) A copy of each notice referred to in paragraph (1)(b) and subsection (2) shall be filed with the prothonotary.
(a) whether the application meets the requirements of these Rules;
(b) the means of presenting evidence;
(c) whether evidence is to be provided to the other party prior to the date determined for the hearing of the application and, if so, how and when that evidence shall be provided;
(d) the nature and extent of any cross-examination; and
(e) the date and place for the hearing of the application.
(2) At a pre-hearing conference, the applicant and the Attorney General shall inform the presiding judge of any evidence they intend to present and of the manner in which they intend to present it.
(3) The presiding judge may adjourn a pre-hearing conference as the presiding judge considers appropriate and resume the pre-hearing conference on a day and at a place determined by the presiding judge.
Parole Eligibility Report
11 (1) At a pre-hearing conference, the presiding judge may order that a parole eligibility report be prepared in respect of an applicant with regard to the criteria referred to in paragraphs 745.63(1)(a) to (e) of the Act.
(2) A parole eligibility report in respect of an applicant shall be prepared by a person designated by the Solicitor General of Canada and shall contain
(a) a summary of the applicant’s social and family background;
(b) a summary of the applicant’s classification and discipline evaluations;
(c) a summary of the regular reports on the applicant’s conduct;
(d) a summary of any psychological and psychiatric assessments that have been made of the applicant; and
(e) any other information relevant to the complete description of the applicant’s character and conduct.
(3) A parole eligibility report in respect of an applicant may contain any other information relevant to the issue of parole eligibility of the applicant.
(4) Where the presiding judge at a pre-hearing conference orders a parole eligibility report to be prepared, the presiding judge shall adjourn the pre-hearing conference to allow for the preparation of that report.
(5) A parole eligibility report shall be filed with the local prothonotary.
(6) A local prothonotary, on receiving a parole eligibility report in respect of an applicant, shall deliver a copy of that report to the applicant and to the Attorney General.
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