Nova Scotia has hired two Crown attorneys to specialize in sexual assault prosecutions. The new hires will provide training to other Crown attorneys and develop research to enhance the performance in the prosecution of sexual violence cases.
Chris Hansen, director of communications for Nova Scotia’s Public Prosecution Service, says the unique characteristics of sexual assault cases led the NSPPS to seek specialists with an academic and professional background in women’s studies and sexual violence.
“We have 95 Crown attorneys across the province. Virtually all the 95 Crown attorneys do sexual assault prosecutions, but as you can appreciate, there are a number of challenges when prosecuting a sexual assault. It’s an offence like no other,” she says.