Labrador Jus­tice Sum­mit planned for next month

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Jus­tice and Public Safety Min­is­ter An­drew Par­sons an­nounced last week that a Labrador Jus­tice Sum­mit will be held in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay on Oct. 23.

The sum­mit will bring to­gether key play­ers in the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, aim­ing to make im­prove­ments by iden­ti­fy­ing is­sues and de­ter­min­ing pos­si­ble so­lu­tions and ac­tion plans.

It will be the sec­ond event of its kind in the prov­ince - the first sum­mit was held in St. John’s ear­lier this year.

“There are big chal­lenges cur­rently fac­ing the jus­tice sys­tem in the prov­ince, and Labrador faces its own unique cir­cum­stances,” Par­sons said in a news re­lease.

“It is im­por­tant to bring a di­verse group of play­ers in the sys­tem to­gether to dis­cuss how our work is con­nected and how we can bet­ter co-op­er­ate to im­prove the jus­tice sys­tem. These dis­cus­sions are cru­cial in de­ter­min­ing the most ef­fi­cient poli­cies and prac­tices mov­ing for­ward.”

The sum­mit will bring to­gether front­line and man­age­ment jus­tice em­ploy­ees such as the ju­di­ciary, po­lice, men­tal health ad­vo­cates, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of In­dige­nous or­ga­ni­za­tions, staff from var­i­ous jus­tice and public safety di­vi­sions as well as other com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Jus­tice Mal­colm Rowe, New­found­land and Labrador’s first jus­tice named to the Supreme Court of Canada, will also take part.

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Jus­tice Min­is­ter An­drew Par­sons

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