The Council of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is responsible for governance and regulation of the legal profession in the public interest. The Legal Profession Act authorizes Council to enact regulations, and to establish the structures for the Society and its authority to admit members to the Bar and to discipline them.
Council includes 21 members, including the three Officers, 13 elected lawyers, three Public Representatives and a representative of the Attorney General of Nova Scotia and the Dean of Schulich School of Law.
Role of Council
As the governing body of the Society, Council ensures the Society carries out its purpose, which is prescribed by s. 4(2) of the Legal Profession Act. By striving for excellence in regulation and the highest standards of ethics and competence from members, Council carries out its work in the public interest. Like the Society itself, Council seeks to protect the public and its interest in the practice of law.
Council members owe a fiduciary duty to the Society. In fulfilling their governance responsibilities, they demonstrate strategic leadership and a commitment to public protection and stewardship by ensuring the Society’s legislated purposes are carried out, the ongoing relevance of the Society’s purposes and the scope of Society activities are within its legislated purpose.
For meeting agendas, materials and highlights, visit the Council materials page. Meeting dates and a number of Reports to Council are also available on the website. Council also manages the Society’s strategic planning process.
The ongoing activities of Council and Society staff are guided by the Council Policies. The next Council elections are scheduled for 2019.