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March 24, 2014

Provincial Government Strengthening the Justice System

Budget 2014 Funding to Improve Delivery of Court Security Services

Following an external review commissioned by the Provincial Government in 2013, the Honourable Darin King, Minister of Justice, today announced that the Sheriff’s Office will receive an additional investment of $6.4 million over the next three years, including $1.7 million this year through Budget 2014. This investment will significantly improve court security across Newfoundland and Labrador.

“The Sheriff’s Office delivers important services to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, and this review was the result of a commitment we made and have followed through with. We have listened to what people had to say, we gathered expert advice and we are responding accordingly. The changes announced today will result in a stronger court security program for everyone who uses our facilities. Our ultimate goal is for a more effective and efficient organization that provides for a safe and secure environment for citizens, the judiciary and all court participants.”
- The Honourable Darin King, Minister of Justice

The review was conducted by retired RCMP Inspector Leigh DesRoches and contains 16 recommendations, all of which have been accepted by the Provincial Government. The investments announced today will be directed towards increasing staffing at some locations, improving the structure of the organization and enhancing security measures. New point of entry screening stations will be established this year at the Supreme Court Family Division in St. John’s and the Corner Brook Courthouse which contains Provincial and Supreme Courts.

The report is available online at www.justice.gov.nl.ca/just/publications/pdf/sheriffs_office_review_march2014.pdf

“I would like to extend my appreciation to Mr. DesRoches for bringing his extensive knowledge and experience to the review of the Sheriff’s Office. This exercise was important as it provided recommendations on how we can best use the resources available to strengthen the office. We will begin immediately to make the necessary changes to improve the current structure of the Sheriff’s Office and to ensure well-organized operations.”
- Minister King

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to supporting important social programs, strong communities and the health and well-being of children, families and seniors.


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Media contact:
Luke Joyce
Director of Communications
Department of Justice
709-729-6985, 725-4165

2014 03 24                                        10:50 a.m.

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