Free legal advice offered to those charged during a protest against the Halifax encampment



Last Wednesday, the Halifax Regional Municipality’s decision to evict people living in shelters around the city sparked outrage among allies, resulting in the arrest and charge of 24 people and some reportedly assaulted by Halifax Regional Police officers.

The majority of those arrested are accused of obstructing justice.

Coverdale, a non-profit charitable organization that provides support to women and people of diverse genders navigating the criminal justice system, hosted a walk-in briefing offering free legal advice to those charged. .

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“Many of those charged that day have never had any interaction with the police, have never been inside a courtroom and it is an incredibly upsetting, confusing and traumatic experience.” said Ash Avery, executive director of Cloverdale.

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Lawyers from Nova Scotia Legal Aid, Dalhousie Legal Aid and the Elizabeth Fry Society were available to provide support and advice.

Criminal defense attorney Josh Nodelman, who works with Nova Scotia Legal Aid, said he hoped to provide support to anyone who was unsure of where to turn with the issues they were facing. regarding the incident.

“My concerns are that these are people facing criminal penalties. The penalties could possibly involve jail. Even if not, the penalties could involve collecting a criminal record, which of course could affect employability, ”he said.

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In addition to the legal information provided, Coverdale donated food, sleeping bags and toiletries to homeless people. Avery said the eviction and the outcome of what happened is what she considers to be the height of the housing crisis the province is currently facing and that the charges were not justified. .

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“I consider the charges to be the incredibly unfortunate result of an issue that should never have involved the police and never should have reached the point where it did.”

Those who came forward to get information did not want to be questioned.

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