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Saying “sorry” in Nova Scotia will no longer carry liability ramifications.

Saying “sorry” in Nova Scotia will no longer carry liability ramifications.

The Apology Act, passed in fall 2008, comes into effect Oct. 1.

The legislation broadly defines apology and states that an apology can not be used as evidence in legal proceedings to establish fault or liability, although fault may still be proven through other evidence.

Justice Minister Ross Landry said the act is significant for health care providers who will now be able to express remorse to families following an adverse event without putting themselves in legal jeopardy.

Nova Scotia joins six other provinces who have adopted apology legislation.

 
 
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