INFORUM

June 26, 2017 InForum Issue

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Society news

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society welcomed its new leadership for the coming year during the 2017 NSBS Annual Meeting, which took place on June 17 at the Schulich School of Law. Read More

Please ensure your Annual Fees payment is received at the Society’s offices by Friday, June 30, no later than 4:00 pm.  Read More

It's that time of year again – time for practising lawyers to submit their Annual Lawyer Report (ALR). As in the past, the ALR is a digital report, to be entered and submitted online. Read More

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to announce that the Honourable Judge Kael McKenzie will be guest speaker at the 15 Read More

The Society wishes to advise members of the recent death of the following colleague. We extend our condolences to his friends and family. R. Ritchie Wheeler, Dartmouth – June 22, 2017 Obituary  Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Nova Scotia Barristers' Society new leadership announced  The Lawyer's Daily | June 19, 2017 | By John Chunn Read More
Council

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is the public interest regulator of the legal profession in Nova Scotia. It undertakes regulation in a manner that is proactive, principled and proportionate. Read More
Regulation

Please be advised that the deadline for comments and suggestions with regard to the two new Criminal Professional Standards has been extended to June 30, 2017. The Standards in question are as follows: Read More
Credentials

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following members have resigned:  Marc J. Belliveau Ronald W. McCabe Peter A. McInroy Candace Joan Seddon  Read More
Access to Justice

A new report from the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Read More

February 23, 2017 – The Courts of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Department of Justice, Nova Scotia Legal Aid and the Schulich School of Law are working together on a new approach to public engagement. It’s called #TalkJustice. Read More
Tips from LIANS

We remind you that, effective September 1, 2015, the new LAA created a limitation period of two (2) years for most claims. Section 23(3) sets out the transition period for claims that arose prior to September 1, 2015. The transition period is coming to an end. This means that many claims that arose prior to September 1, 2015, will expire on or before September 1, 2017. Read More

We have received numerous reports from Nova Scotia lawyers who’ve received the following scam attempt from “Chong-Hang Yip”. The response emails were as follows: Read More

"Mental and physical health are fundamentally linked. So it’s only natural that a cycle of illness may predispose someone to feelings or disorders contrary to their emotional well-being. But what happens when someone’s illness does not have a firm beginning, middle and end? What if the disorder or disease is one that never really goes away? Read More
Courts

Nova Scotia's Criminal Justice Transformation Group has released a new protocol to help defence lawyers decide when it is appropriate for counsel or a client to appear in Provincial Court by video. Read More

Are you eligible to apply or have you applied for a judicial appointment in Nova Scotia? If so, an introductory Nova Scotia Judicial Mentorship Initiative offers you the opportunity to participate in a mentorship arrangement that is supported by the Honourable Chief Justice Michael MacDonald. Read More
Province

Gerry Post, an advocate for persons with disabilities who worked to improve the province's Accessibility Act, was named the first executive director of the Accessibility Directorate. The appointment was announced June 16 by Justice Minister Mark Furey.  Read More

Nova Scotia’s Incompetent Persons Act is still in effect until December 28, 2017, after a ruling by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. In its June 13th decision, the Court granted the Province's request for an extension of the validity of the legislation. This request was made as a result of the general election being called on April 30th. ‎ Read More

The following memo is from Valerie Pottie Bunge, Executive Director, Policy & Information Management, Department of Justice Read More

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: http://novascotia.ca/news The following announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:   Read More

No proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum. Read More
Other news

Prime Minister announces new Lieutenant Governor and new Territorial Commissioner Ottawa, Ontario – June 14, 2017 The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, announced the appointment of the Honourable Arthur Joseph LeBlanc as the next Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Ms. Margaret M. Thom as the next Commissioner of the Northwest Territories. Read More

We are writing to inform you that the Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations under the Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Act (CG II link) were published on June 14, 2017 in the Canada Gazette, Part II and are now in force. Read More

By Sarah Sutherland, Manager, Content and Partnerships, Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)    Read More

The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia presented its Annual Report to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society at the Society’s Annual Meeting on June 17. The report is available on the Law Foundation’s website.  Read More

Willem and Janny Brobbel, formerly of the Round Hill area near Annapolis Royal, had a simple will drafted roughly six to eight years ago by a lawyer in Bridgetown. They now live in Alberta and are trying to locate a copy of their will. They believe the lawyer who drafted the will is now retired, but at the time practised on Queen or Granville Street in Bridgetown. Read More

I wish to contact F.M. Lee and Dale Conrad (?) who were witnesses to the will of John Alphonses MacDonald, executed on September 30, 1992 in the offices of Ronald Burton.  Anyone knowing the whereabouts of F. M. Lee, Dale Conrad or Ronald Burton is asked to contact Fergus Ford at 902 454 0921 or fordlaw@bellaliant.com.  Read More

I am looking for the minute book for Hines Marine Services Limited. Please contact Jim Musgrave at Cox & Palmer 902-491-4118 or jmusgrave@coxandpalmer.com if you know its whereabouts  Read More

We are trying to locate the Will for MARION RITA AMIRO, also known as MARION AMERO. Date of death June 6, 2007. Ms. Amiro was born on May 15, 1920 and resided in Pubnico. Anyone with information about the existence or location of a will is asked to please contact Lynette M. Muise at the contact information below: Read More

I am seeking a Last Will and Testament of James Norman Leary, of Bedford and formerly of Riverport, Nova Scotia. Mr. Leary passed away at Halifax on April 29, 2017. Read More

Paul Shawn Nicholson passed away on May 10, 2017. He resided at 13 North Street in Dominion, Nova Scotia, and his date of birth was November 7, 1964. Read More

The Correctional Service of Canada’s Restorative Justice and Victim Services Division is now accepting nominations for the 2017 National Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award. The award is open to all Canadians and honours a person demonstrating outstanding commitment and leadership in the restorative justice field. It was established in honour of the late Ron Wiebe, former CSC Warden. Read More
Careers

The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, the legal profession's regulatory body responsible for the protection of the public interest, is seeking a Director of Legal Education. Read More

I am an experienced legal assistant/corporate paralegal seeking employment in the Dartmouth/Halifax area as of July 2017. Read More

Taylor MacLellan Cochrane proudly traces its roots in the Annapolis Valley back to 1835 when the founding Partners opened the very first law office in the Kings County Shire Town of Kentville. Read More

Good day. I graduated on March 6, 2017 form a 2-year Legal Office Administration course through the Center for Distance Education. I graduated on the Presidential list. Since graduation, I have been applying, but finding it really hard to obtain a position and start my new career. A new graduate cannot gain experience if they are not given a chance to do so. Read More

We endeavour to maintain the highest standard of service to our clients. This can only be accomplished by employing qualified, educated and motivated staff. Read More

I am a recent graduate of Island Career Academy from the Paralegal/Legal Assistant program with a Diploma. I am located in Glace Bay. I am willing to travel anywhere as far as North Sydney for work. I have a resume and cover letter ready when needed. Read More

Bacchus & Associates Law Firm is a small firm located in the North End of Halifax that has been providing professional legal services since 2004. We are seeking an associate lawyer who is self motivated and preferably has an existing clientele to join our team. Family law experience would be preferred.  Read More

Seeking an experienced Legal Assistant for a one-year contract position located in our Dartmouth Family office. Ideal abilities and skills Read More

Taylor MacLellan Cochrane proudly traces its roots in the Annapolis Valley back to 1835 when the founding Partners opened the very first law office in the Kings County Shire Town of Kentville. Read More

Legacy Law, an established firm under a new name and new management, has an immediate opening for a full-time legal assistant with two or more years' recent experience to join our team in "downtown" Bedford. Read More

Bland and Associates is a small but busy general practice on the corner of Blowers and Argyle streets, in the heart of downtown Halifax. We are located only a minute's walk from the Spring Garden Road Provincial Court and also very close to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (General Division) on Upper Water Street. Read More

We are seeking an associate lawyer to join our small general practice firm in Sydney. We are a family-oriented firm that emphasizes a balance between work life and home life, and we are looking for the right person who can grow together with us. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Are you a lawyer or law student in Nova Scotia and seeking to improve access to justice for disenfranchised communities? If so, consider registering for some of reachAbility’s pro bono opportunities! We know that calling any member of the legal profession busy is an understatement, so all our programs ask for a maximum of a single hour annually. Read More

The Board of Directors of ACNS is seeking new members. Read More

My name is Robyn Preston and I'm currently enrolled in the Paralegal program at Eastern College in Halifax. I am looking to get some hands on experience volunteering at a firm while I'm studying. I am a very hard worker, have a great personality and would make a great addition to any team.  Resume upon request. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 17:00
The Provincial Responsibility for Distribution of Cannabis and the Models Available Speaker: Darrell Dexter, QC – Vice-Chair, Global Public Affairs and former Premier of Nova Scotia  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 16:30
You are cordially invited to celebrate with us at the 15th Annual Pride Reception, co-hosted by the SOGI (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) Section of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. Download invitation (PDF) Read More
Event Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 11:30
Join us to march in the 30th Annual Pride Parade! We will meet at 11:30am (try to get there before noon) at the Halifax Dockyard (parade starts at 1:00pm and it gets pretty busy around noon). Further details will be sent to those registered when we have them (i.e. entry number). Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 13:00
In this user-friendly online training session you will: Read More
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