New Brunswick working to address new child protection case rules

4 days ago

The Higgs government is moving to address new rules for child protection cases that have led to major delays in cases before the Court of King’s Bench.

Chief Justice Tracey DeWare issued a directive last month requiring the courts to make child protection cases a priority because they weren’t being heard within the 30 days required under provincial law.

She instructed the courts to postpone dozens of other pending cases to ensure they complied with the time limit.

DeWare issued the directive after the New Brunswick Court of Appeal ruled that a case that missed the 30-day limit order was “symptomatic of a larger problem” and non-compliance with the act was “endemic.”

Now Social Development Minister Dorothy Shephard has introduced legislation to extend the allowable timelines.

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