Annotated CPR site to cease in August; Courts’ website to improve Rules functionality

The Courts are now developing enhancements to how the Civil Procedure Rules of Nova Scotia are published on the Courts of Nova Scotia website. Rule text will be in HTML, providing faster and more mobile-friendly access. Keyword searching of Rules content only within the Courts’ website will be provided. The official, consolidated Civil Procedure Rules and Forms will continue to be available on the site as entire documents in PDF.

As the Courts implement these enhancements, Society staff in Library & Information Services are working with Lexum and CanLII to migrate the annotations currently on the Nova Scotia Annotated Civil Procedure Rules onto CanLII Connects, the new platform aggregating online Canadian case law commentary.

Library & Information Services staff are also working with the Courts to determine what other value-added content may be transferred to the Courts’ website, including editable MS Word versions of Forms.

The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society will maintain the Nova Scotia Rules page on its website, providing quick access to key resources on the Courts’ website, as well as the table of concordance from the 1972 Rules to the new Rules.

As announced in the April 13, 2015 issue of InForum, the Society expects to implement these changes and remove the Nova Scotia Annotated Civil Procedure Rules from its website by the end of August 2015.

We welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback. For the Society, please contact Deborah Copeman, Librarian, at For the Courts, please contact John Piccolo, Director of Communications, at