Justice Minister Tables New Cyber Bullying Law

Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:25 PM

The province is taking another crack at passing a cyber-bullying law.

The previous law was struck down after sections were determined to be unconstitutional.

Justice Minister Mark Furey is sponsoring the new Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act.

He says the federal government will still take jurisdiction on criminal charges but the new law would allow victims to seek civil remedy.

"In some cases, victims would have the right to sue for compensation. It's a strong deterrent, a strong message to Nova Scotians that cyber-bullying is unacceptable."

Furey says most often complaints of cyber-bullying are resolved through restorative justice.

He says many other provinces have provided input on the new law and are waiting to see how they can adopt similar legislation.