Application to Join a Referral List Independent Legal Advice for Adult (16+) Victims/Survivors of Sexual Assault

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Justice Canada has funded a pilot project in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice to deliver a program that funds up to four hours of independent legal advice so that eligible victims/survivors of sexual assault can understand their rights and the supports available to them, and make informed decisions about how they will address the harm they have experienced.

Applications are being accepted for lawyers to provide this service. While we will have an ongoing application process, the initial deadline for applications being accepted to launch the program is September 1, 2017, with one or two days of training for approved applicants tentatively scheduled for late September/early October.

Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview after the deadline application date. Our goal is to have a diverse group of lawyers who are interested in delivering this service. We welcome lawyers from diverse backgrounds to apply for these positions, including but not limited to women, lawyers from the Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities, as well as other Racially Visible lawyers, and lawyers from the LGBTIQ+ community.

Am I eligible? 

  • You are a practising lawyer.
  • You are insured.
  • You are a member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.
  • You agree to the project legal advice rate of $95 per hour.
  • You agree to attend a selection interview.
  • You agree to complete an online training module and attend in-person training.
  • You are interested in expanding your knowledge of criminal trial practice.
  • You are interested in expanding your knowledge on the issue of sexual assault
  • You are interested in being part of a Community of Practice to share promising practices.
  • You have never been listed on a Child Abuse or Sexual Offender register.

Do I qualify? You may qualify if you have one or more of the following assets:       

  • You have experience in criminal law practice.
  • You have experience with sexual assault cases.                                
  • You have experience in community or civic activities related to working with sexual assault victims.
  • You are involved in professional associations that are related to working with vulnerable populations and/or victims/survivors of trauma.              
  • You have teaching or presentation experience related to the impact of trauma on victims/survivors, or legal issues facing victims/survivors of sexual assault.                    
  • You have published on topics that may be related to this work.            
  • You have specialized training/experience in an area that may be of benefit to this work: mental health, intimate partner violence, persons with disabilities, cultural competency, addictions, working with diverse populations.

Please apply:                               

Expiry Date: 
Saturday, September 16, 2017