Nova Scotians who volunteer for non-profit organizations wouldhave even more protection under legislation introduced today,Oct. 2, by Justice Minister Michael Baker. Further amendments to the Volunteer Protection Act are intendedto deter people from suing volunteers, by forcing them to pay thefull court-approved legal defence costs of the volunteer in theevent that a lawsuit is unsuccessful. “This strengthens the legislation, which already limits theliability of volunteers who serve non-profit organizations,” saidMr. Baker. “This amendment will hold accountable those who sue avolunteer if the case has no merit.” Mr. Baker said the change should also help encourage even moreNova Scotians to devote their time and energy to non-profitorganizations. “Volunteers are special,” he said. “They help us feel proud aboutour people and communities. They contribute to a healthier,stronger Nova Scotia, and we thank them for their dedicatedservice.” The Volunteer Protection Act, proclaimed on Dec. 23, 2002,already sets out a number of circumstances where volunteers arenot liable for damages. They include: The Act also prevents non-profit organizations from recoveringcosts from volunteers, in cases where the organizations are foundliable and must pay damages. A non-profit organization means any non-profit body or societyincorporated under the Societies Act organized and conducted forpublic benefit, and operated for the following purposes:charitable, civic, educational, religious, welfare, health,sport, recreation, tourism, heritage or culture. This couldinclude a municipality, school board, regional library board or ahospital. when volunteers are acting within the scope of their responsibilities; when volunteers are properly licenced, certified or authorized by the appropriate authorities.