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S.M. 2014, c. 4
Bill 3, 3rd Session, 40th Legislature
The Witness Security Amendment Act
(Assented to June 12, 2014)
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
1 The Witness Security Act is amended by this Act.
2 Section 1 is amended by adding the following definition:
3 Subsection 3(3) is repealed.
4 The following is added after section 3:
3.1(1) The minister may appoint or designate one or more persons or classes of persons employed in the department as witness security officers.
3.1(2) A witness security officer is responsible for
(a) providing security services to protected persons;
(b) co-ordinating the delivery of other services to protected persons; and
(c) assisting the director in inquiries and investigations respecting
(i) applications for admission into the program,
(ii) risk assessments of protected persons, and
(iii) the conduct of protected persons.
3.2 The director and witness security officers are peace officers and each has all the powers and protections of a peace officer provided by law while carrying out his or her duties and functions under this Act.
5 Subsection 9(2) is amended
(a) in clause (a), by adding ", as determined by the assessment panel" after "will be provided"; and
6 Clause 12(1)(b) is amended by striking out "breached a provision of his or her security agreement referred to" and substituting "engaged in conduct described".
7 The following is added after section 12:
12.1(1) The director may suspend the payment of financial support to a protected person if
(a) an application has been made to have the person expelled from the program; and
(b) the director has reasonable grounds to believe that continued payment of the financial support would not be in the public interest.
12.1(2) If the assessment panel decides not to expel a protected person, the director must pay any financial support that was not paid pending the decision of the panel.
8(1) The following is added after clause 16(1)(a):
8(2) Subsection 16(3) is amended in the part before clause (a) by adding "or a witness security officer" after "The director".
9 Section 19 is amended by adding "or a witness security officer" after "the director" wherever it occurs.
10 The following is added after clause 23(1)(a):
11 Section 25 is amended in the part before clause (a) by adding "a witness security officer," after "the director,".
12 The following is added after clause 26(a):
(a.1) respecting witness security officers;
13 This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.