Legal resource information

Visit the following web pages in Library services for links to useful online legal resources:

Family Law Nova Scotia at nsfamilylaw.ca is an online resource that helps people understand their rights and options and find solutions to family law issues. It provides information on how the court system works, legal processes, finding a lawyer, and a variety of useful services, programs and community groups.

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is a non-profit organization providing information and resources about the law, free of charge. Their website has information on legal topics such as accidents and injuries, criminal law, employment law, housing and more.

  • For information about the law – not legal advice – call the Legal Information Line at LISNS.
  • If you need a lawyer, call the Lawyer Referral Service at LISNS. For a fixed fee of $20 plus taxes, you will be able to see a lawyer for up to one half-hour.
  • You may also be eligible for LISNS’ newest service, Access Legal Help NS, which provides pro bono (free) legal aid clinics.

By dialing 211 or visiting the Nova Scotia 211 website, members of the public can easily and quickly connect to the community, legal and social services they need, anywhere in the province, regardless of where they're located.

L’Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNÉ) est une association à but non lucratif avec la mission de promouvoir et améliorer l’accès aux services juridiques en français. L’AJEFNÉ gère un centre d’information juridique, centre Accès Justice, situé au 1663 rue Brunswick à Halifax. Le Centre offre de l’information juridique gratuit dans tous les domaines du droit, et le service en français et en anglais. Le Centre offre aussi de l’information juridique en français par téléphone au 902 433 2085 (Halifax) ou le numéro sans-frais, 1 844 250 8471.

AJEFNÉ is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote and improve access to French legal services. AJEFNÉ has a free legal information centre, Justice Access Centre, located at 1663 Brunswick Street in Halifax. The Centre offers free legal information in all areas of the law, and services in French and English. The Centre also offers legal information in French by calling 902 433 2085 (Halifax) or 1 844 250 8471 (toll-free).

The website of Nova Scotia’s Department of Justice provides information on such topics as the province’s regulations, family law, jury duty, self-represented litigants and Small Claims Court.

The Courts of Nova Scotia website has detailed information about all levels of court in the province, as well as court processes and fees, court decisions, and public information including links to information kits for Representing Yourself in Court.

The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service has created an online booklet, The Criminal Case: Step-by-Step, providing an explanation of the criminal case, from investigation to appealing the verdict or sentence.

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission provides legal representation and summary advice service to eligible applicants in matters of family and criminal law, and issues involving Income Assistance, Canada Pension Plan disability, Residential Tenancies (landlord/tenant), and Employment Insurance.

Dalhousie Legal Aid Service (DLAS) is a community-based law clinic on Gottingen Street in Halifax, operated by Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law. A clinical program for law students, it is also mandated to provide legal aid services for persons who would not otherwise be able to obtain legal advice; and to conduct research and engage in programs relating to legal aid and law reform in Nova Scotia. DLAS does community outreach, education, lobbying and test case litigation to combat injustices affecting persons with low incomes.

The Government of Canada’s Department of Justice website offers a number of information resources relating to federal laws, family law, criminal justice, and Canada’s justice system.

Libraries Nova Scotia provides links to public, college and university libraries in Nova Scotia. Its Borrow Anywhere Return Anywhere program allows card-holders to borrow materials from the Sir James Dunn Law Library, Dalhousie University, the Cape Breton University Library, and most college, university and public libraries in Nova Scotia.