Department of Justice and Public Safety, Gov of NL

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PO Box 8700
St. John’s, NL
A1B 4J6

St. John’s Correctional Facilities:

Her Majesty’s Penitentiary                         
PO Box 5459, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5W4
Tel: (709) 729-1200 Fax: (709) 729-0409

St. John’s Lockup (c/o HMP)
PO Box 5459, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5W4
Tel: (709) 729-3873 Fax: (709) 729-0376

St. John’s Youth Detention Centre
PO Box 5085, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5V3
Tel: (709) 729-5041 Fax: (709) 729-0745

Clarenville/Whitbourne Correctional Facilities:

NL Correctional Centre for Women           
PO Box 1030, Clarenville, NL, A5A 1E9
Tel: (709) 466-3101 Fax: (709) 466-3664

Newfoundland and Labrador Youth Centre
PO Box 40, Whitbourne, NL, A0B 3K0
Tel: (709) 759-2471 Fax: (709) 759-2611

St. John’s Court Facilities:

Supreme Court of NL – Trial Division
309 Duckworth Street, PO Box 937, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5M3
Tel: (709) 729-1137  Fax: (709) 729-6623

Provincial Court – St. John’s 
215 Water Street (Atlantic Place), PO Box 68, St. John’s, NL, A1C 6C9

Criminal/Youth                         Inquire/Pay a Fine (Traffic)
Tel: (709) 729-1004 Option 1      Tel: (709) 729-1004 Option 2
Fax: (709) 729-0796

Dispute a Traffic Ticket            Small Claims
(709) 729-1004 Option 3      Tel: (709) 729-1004 Option 4
Fax: (709) 729-4319                  Fax: (709) 729-4319

Tel: (709) 729-1004 Option 5
Fax: (709) 729-3611

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The mandate of the Department of Justice and Public Safety derives primarily from the Executive Council Act. This mandate reflects the dual responsibilities of the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General for Newfoundland and Labrador. While several other Canadian jurisdictions have separate ministries for Justice and Attorney General, the structure is consolidated in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Department of Justice and Public Safety responsibilities involve administering the province’s legal system. The principal components include family justice services, fines administration, support enforcement, policing, sheriff’s office, adult secure custody, adult probation services, secure youth justice services, victim services, fish and wildlife enforcement, overall administration of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 and administration of the courts.

Reflecting the role and authority of the Attorney General, the Department of Justice and Public Safety provides legal services to the Crown including legal advice to departments, litigation, prosecution and legislative drafting services. While the Executive Council Act is the primary legislative authority for the Department of Justice and Public Safety mandate, the policies, services and programs are also governed by 105 pieces of legislation. The Department has sole responsibility for administering 94 of those, with shared responsibility for 11.

Target population:

Offenders and victims as well as their families; public bodies and the Supreme and Provincial Courts of NL.

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

  • ATIPP Office oversees the implementation and coordination of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 by providing guidance and assistance to public bodies that are subject to the Act. This is done through training, providing advice and guidance as well as the development of policies, procedures, guides and educational resources.
  • Civil Division is responsible for providing legal services to Provincial Government departments and agencies. These services include providing legal opinions, drafting commercial and financial documents, and representing the Provincial Government and its agencies in negotiations and civil actions before administrative tribunals, all levels of court and judicial inquiries.
  • Corrections and Community Services has responsibility for offenders, as well as for victims of crime. It is responsible for the safe and secure custody of young and adult offenders, for providing adult community corrections in the form of probation services, and for providing services to victims of crime.
  • Court Services is responsible for providing infrastructure and administrative support to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Family Justice Services is responsible for promoting dispute resolution outside the Court process in helping families resolve separation and divorce issues. The program assists parties in resolving custody, access and child support issues and offers parent information sessions, mediation, counselling, as well as recalculation of child support.
  • Office of the Legislative Counsel provides legislative drafting services to government. Additionally, in conjunction with the Office of the Queen’s Printer and the House of Assembly, it ensures the publication and dissemination of provincial legislation.
  • Policing Services are delivered through the province’s two policing agencies: the RNC and the RCMP. Through a broad range of policing services, both police forces are responsible for fostering and maintaining peaceful and safe communities.
  • Additional Enforcement Services include: the Office of the High Sheriff, which provides administrative, jury and security services to the Supreme and Provincial Courts; the Support Enforcement Program, which collects and distributes court-ordered funds for support; and the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division, which focuses on protecting the province’s valuable fish and wildlife resources.
  • Public Prosecutions is responsible for prosecuting all offences pursuant to the Criminal Code of Canada and provincial statutes. Prosecutors appear in every level of court in the province and in the Supreme Court of Canada. Public Prosecutions also provides legal opinions and advice on criminal and criminal-related matters to policing agencies and other government departments that enforce provincial statutes.