Nova Scotia Civil Procedure Rules

The Civil Procedure Rules govern proceedings in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court (including the Family Division).

The Rules are made by judges of the Supreme and Appeal Courts under the authority of the Judicature Act, RSNS 1989, c. 240.

The official consolidated Civil Procedure Rules and forms are published on the Courts of Nova Scotia website in PDF format.

The Courts also provide an unofficial, searchable, web-based version of the Rules with contextual links to related forms in interactive (fillable) PDF and MS Word format. 

To full-text search the Rules and most Practice Memoranda and Court Directives, use the Civil Procedure Rules-specific Google Site Search box.

In the event of a discrepancy, the forms in the consolidated Civil Procedure Rules are the official version. 

The Courts provide an unofficial French translation of the Civil Procedure Rules. While most forms are available in English only, the Courts provide forms in French for divorce proceedings in the Supreme Court Family Division: Formules reliées à une instance de divorce.

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society produced a table of concordance to assist practitioners in transitioning from the Civil Procedure Rules (1972) to the current Rules.