Nova Scotia

N.S. to allow cross-province warrants for minor crimes

A bill to be tabled Monday evening in the legislature would make out-of-province search warrants legal in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia wants to be the first province in the country to open the door to interprovincial search warrants for minor crimes.

A bill to be tabled Monday evening in the legislature would make out-of-province search warrants legal in Nova Scotia. Right now, that kind of cooperation only exists for serious criminal matters.

If another province signs on, it would allow enforcement authorities in Nova Scotia and the other province the power to gather evidence in both jurisdictions.

"Let's say there's a company doing business in Nova Scotia and there's an incident that occurs in Nova Scotia," said Peter Craig, a senior prosecutor in Nova Scotia. "Well that corporate head office may be in Manitoba. It may be in Ontario. And provincial investigators may need to get documents. They may need to obtain other pieces of physical evidence that are outside the provincial borders."

Craig said under the current rules, if a company outside the province refuses to cooperate, prosecutors are out of luck.

This change would only affect summary offenses such as workplace accidents or speeding.

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