Province moving towards wage control of justices of the peace

Nova Scotia has introduced legislation that will allow it to reject or change pay recommendations for presiding justices of the peace by an independent commission.

Those recommendations are currently binding on the provincial government.

Justice Minister Mark Furey says the change will align the pay process for Nova Scotia's 10 presiding justices of the peace with provincial and family court judges and will ensure the province is accountable for public spending.

Among other duties, presiding justices of the peace preside over night court, issue search warrants and take emergency protection order applications in domestic violence situations.