Legislative Assembly

Legislature committee seeking public input (09/01/28)

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Jan. 28, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are being invited to comment on a legislative proposal to set time limits within which civil proceedings would be required to be commenced. They are also being invited to comment on a proposal to give legal force to documents commonly known as living wills.

The Standing Committee on Law Amendments, an all-party committee of the Legislative Assembly, will be reviewing Bill 28, Limitation of Actions Act, and the discussion paper, Health Care Directives Legislation. Information about Bill 28, the discussion paper, the opportunity to appear before the committee, and the invitation to submit written briefs can be found at www.gnb.ca/legis.

Public hearings on Bill 28 will be held at the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, Feb. 24, and Wednesday, Feb. 25. Individuals or organizations wishing to make a presentation to the committee should notify the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly by Tuesday, Feb. 17. Those not wishing to appear before the committee are invited to submit a written brief by Friday, Feb. 27.

Individuals or organizations are invited to submit a written brief on the health-care discussion paper by Friday, Feb. 27, to: Office of the Clerk, Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1; or, e-mail, wwwleg@gnb.ca.

Bill 28 would improve existing limitation of actions legislation. It would set a time limit within which civil proceedings would need to be commenced and would provide a defence if a claim is brought too late. Generally, Bill 28 would provide two limitation periods: a discovery period of two years beginning on the day the claim is discovered; and an ultimate period of 15 years beginning on the day the act on which the claim is based occurred.

The discussion paper presents the basis of new legislation that would give legal force to health-care directives (sometimes called living wills) and describes the circumstances in which these directives could take effect. A health-care directive is a document in which an individual describes his or her health-care wishes and/or appoints someone to make health-care decisions on his or her behalf if the individual is unable to do so.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Shayne Davies, Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, 506-453-2506.

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