The Canadian Press
HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia judge has agreed to send the assault case against former provincial cabinet minister Percy Paris to an adult diversion program.
Paris was charged with assault and uttering threats after an incident involving Liberal member Keith Colwell in May.
The 65-year-old Paris resigned as minister of economic and rural development shortly after, saying he lost his composure during the incident outside a legislature washroom.
He remains a sitting NDP member for the Halifax-area riding of Waverley-Fall River-Beaverbank.
The adult diversion program is intended as an alternative to the court process for minor criminal offences where the offender must accept responsibility for his actions and the victim avoids the stress of legal proceedings.
Crown attorney Denise Smith, who made the request to send the case to adult diversion, says the program is common for those without a criminal record and are facing charges related to non-violent crimes.
The course of action will be determined by Corrrections officials, who have the option of requesting a formal apology, community service or other measures.
The matter is scheduled to return to Halifax provincial court on Oct 24.