The Society regulates Nova Scotia’s legal profession. The privilege of profession-led regulation is granted through Nova Scotia’s Legal Professional Act (LPA).
The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. This territory is covered by the Covenant Chain of Treaties, also known as the Peace and Friendship Treaties that the Wabanaki People (Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Abenaki, Passaquoddy and Penobscot) people first signed with the British Crown, starting in 1693.
The Peace and Friendship Treaties did not deal with the surrender of land and resources but recognized the tribe’s title and established the rules for the relationship between the parties. These rules still govern how we are to treat each other today. Everyone on this land is covered under these treaties and it is for this reason, we say that we are all Treaty People.
Nopa Sko’sia Putu’suwinuk wesko’wita’jik L’nuweykatik, no’kmanaq aq maqamikewminu mena’q iknumuetukup.
Wla maqamikew anquna’ta’sik wula’tan teluisik Kisaknutmaqan Wantoqoti aq Witaptultimkewey tan Wapana’kikuwaq (L’nuk, Wolastoqiyikowaq, Pestomuhkatikowaq, A’pa’nakikowaq aq Panawahpskekowaq) mimajuinuk ewi’kmi’tip wla tan qame’kewaq aklasie’wk pekistu’tip 1693. Kisaknutmaqan aq Ankuo’mkewel kisna Tplutaqan mu eteknupn iknmuetasik maqamikew aq wla tan apoqnmask mimajuaqn nasik mikwaptasikip Wapana’kikowaq wisunkewey aq kisa’tu’tipn tplutaqan wjit wela’maltultitaq. Me’ ma’jukwaqtu’kil kiskuk. Wjit wula na kiskuk wet telwa’tik msit wen na Kisaknutamaqank na anquna’luksi’kil.
Who We Are & What We Do
As the regulator of Nova Scotia’s legal profession, we exist to uphold and protect the public interest in the practice of law.
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How We Regulate
Learn about how we regulate legal services in Nova Scotia & review our six regulatory objectives.
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Council has created a set of Strategic Goals and Objectives to guide our work for the next four years.
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Equity & Access
One of our regulatory objectives call us to promote diversity, inclusion, substantive equality, and freedom from discrimination in the delivery of legal services and the justice system.
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Awards & Appointments
Society awards include the Distinguished Service Award, NSBS President’s Leadership Award & the Race and the Law Essay prize. Learn more about King’s Counsel Appointments & the notary public process.
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The Society’s Annual Report presents a comprehensive review of the past year including the President’s Report on Council priorities and the Executive Director’s summary of operational and liaison highlights.
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