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With courts in Nova Scotia having had to cease or scale back operations in response to COVID-19, there has been a resulting downturn in the filing of Gladue reports, says a support worker serving Indigenous residents caught in the province’s justice system.
Mona O’Brien, an Indigenous court worker with the Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network (MLSN), says the pandemic has naturally resulted in far fewer Gladue reports being prepared and presented to Nova Scotia’s provincial and superior courts.
O’Brien, who started with the MLSN in 2012 as a report writer, was one of several speakers at a Jan. 15 online Gladue roundtable put on by the Nova Scotia Barristers Society (NSBS) and its TRC (Truth and Reconciliation) Working Group.
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