The program began with a session for judges only, leg by Kimberly Papillon, and internationally recognized expert on medical, legal and judicial decision-making. Other parts of the seminar engaged other judges who spoke of contemporary legal issues, distinct cultural context and needs of African Nova Scotian families and children, and the unique concerns that arise when working with African Nova Scotians in the criminal justice system.
The objective of the seminar was to acquire a deeper understanding of the challenges facing the African Nova Scotian community, particularly in the context of the justice system.
Judges from all Nova Scotia Courts spent two days, listening and learning from legal experts and community leaders about the challenges facing the African Nova Scotian community, particularly in the context of the justice system. The engagement session, held at the Black Cultural Centre in Cherry Brook, was also an opportunity for African Nova Scotian community leaders to gain a greater understanding of the legal system and the roles and responsibilities of the judiciary.