The Society offices will be closed on December 24, 25, 26 and January 1. The Barristers’ Library is not staffed on those days but remains accessible to lawyers. Applications via Education & Credentials will not be processed from December 22 through January 5.
For more details, please see Society news. All the best for a peaceful and happy holiday season!
The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society is the public interest regulator of the legal profession
It’s a term we use all the time in relation to the Society’s mandate. It’s at the core of all we do in regulating the legal profession. But what does it mean exactly? Through our new blog, In the Public Interest, we aim to show how the Society’s work is making a difference to Nova Scotians.
Enhancing access to legal services and the justice system
Under the 2013-2016 Strategic Framework, it’s a priority to enhance access to legal services and the justice system for all Nova Scotians. This year, the Society aims to examine and approve regulatory changes to enhance access, and advocate for enhanced access for equity-seeking and economically disadvantaged groups. See the Access to Justice Action Plan at nsbs.org/enhance-access.
Transforming regulation and governance in the public interest
Council created an ambitious new Strategic Framework to guide the Society’s activities from 2013 through 2016. A main priority this year is to examine and approve an outcomes-focused regulatory model, to ensure regulation of Nova Scotia’s legal profession is keeping pace with technology and the rapidly evolving global landscape of legal services. See nsbs.org/transform-regulation for details.
The Society Record
In the latestSociety Record, the cover story takes a look at the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s annual meeting this fall in Halifax, which focused on brainstorming practical strategies to enhance access to legal services. The new edition also features stories on Entity Regulation 101, legal innovation and legal research, plus updates on the Society’s A2J Action Plan, ITL Observership Program and how the private Bar is helping Nova Scotia Legal Aid.