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LISNS co-recipient of IWK Board Community Excellence Award

The  Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS, is honoured to be the co-recipient with McInnes Cooper of the 2018 IWK Board of Directors’ Award for Community Excellence, for our collaborative work on the IWK Family Legal Health Program.

Reminder: Lawyer registry for Land Title Initiative

Lawyer Roster for Land Title Initiative            

Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission – June 25 announcement

Law Foundation of Nova Scotia: Annual Report 2017-2018

The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia presented its Annual Report to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society on June 16 at the 2018 NSBS Annual Meeting. Tabled by Robert G. MacKeigan QC, Chair, the report is available on the Annual Reports page of the Law Foundation’s website.

Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Branch announces award winners

Friday, June 15, 2018 (Halifax, NS) – The Canadian Bar Association–Nova Scotia (CBANS) held its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 13. Two annual award recipients were announced by Dennis James QC, Past-President and Chair of the Nominating Committee.

Guide unveiled to help the legal profession work with Indigenous Peoples

May 22, 2018 – A new guide for lawyers working with Indigenous People was unveiled at a special event at Osgoode Hall in Toronto on May 22. The Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous People aims to provide a deeper understanding and a more meaningful inclusion of Indigenous Peoples in the legal process.

Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples: Invitation to launch reception

Sent on behalf of Sonia Bjorkquist, President, The Advocates’ Society

The Advocates’ Society, established in 1963, is a not-for-profit association of more than 6,000 members throughout Canada. The mandate of The Advocates’ Society includes, among other things, contributing to the improvement of access to justice, the administration of justice and the practice of law by advocates.

New report from CFCJ: An Evaluation of the Cost of Family Law Disputes

Measuring the Cost Implication of Various Dispute Resolution Methods

What does it cost to resolve a family law dispute in Canada? Among the processes commonly used to resolve family law problems, are there significant differences in the time that it takes to resolve a problem, client satisfaction, cost, the ability to address urgent problems or the ability to arrive at decisions in the interests of children?

Indigenous Justice Program releases resource guide for Atlantic Canada

March 9, 2018 announcement from the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I.

Providing a general introduction to justice issues for people who work with Indigenous clients in the Atlantic Canadian justice system, the Guide is titled “Bringing Balance to the Scales of Justice: Fulfilling our Responsibility to Indigenous People Involved in the Justice System”.

Nova Scotia RCMP extends Eagle feather province-wide as an option to swear legal oaths

RCMP-NS news release | March 8, 2018

In a March 8 ceremony at Nova Scotia RCMP Headquarters, the Eagle feather initiative was extended province-wide as an option to swear legal oaths. Detachment Commanders/supervisors were presented with Eagle feathers for their detachment areas.

L’AJEFNE: Access to justice milestone for Nova Scotia family law

8 mars 2018 communiqué de presse (English version follows)

L’association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE) est heureuse d’annoncer qu’un couple de Chéticamp a obtenu un divorce non contesté en français en Nouvelle-Écosse en 2017. C'est Madame​ la Juge Deborah Gass de la Cour suprême à Port-Hawkesbury qui a signé l'ordonnance de divorce. Il s'agit probablement d'un premier divorce en français en Nouvelle-Écosse et possiblement un premier en dehors des provinces du Nouveau-Brunswick, du Québec, de l'Ontario et du Manitoba.


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