Frequently Asked Questions

Concerns about a Lawyer and the Complaint Process

Below are a list of our most frequently asked questions along with what the Nova Scotia Barristers Society’s answers and positions are.

What should I do if I have a concern about my lawyer?

What do I do if I have a concern about opposing counsel or a lawyer who is not representing me?

Does the Society assist with disputes and concerns about a lawyer’s fees?

Can the Society assist with my legal matter or recommend a lawyer to me?

I have been denied representation by Legal Aid. Can the Society help?

Can the Society provide compensation to me?

Does the Society assist with concerns related to lawyer negligence (e.g., errors and omissions)?

Who can make a complaint to the Society?

Can I file a complaint for someone else?

How do I file a complaint about a lawyer?

What happens after I file a complaint?

How long does the complaints process take?

Is there a time limit for me to file my complaint?

Are complaints confidential?

Can I find out if a lawyer been disciplined?

Zero Tolerance Harassment Prevention Policy

Help us maintain a safe and respectful workplace

We listen to you and conduct ourselves in a respectful, professional manner. In return, we expect and depend on your cooperation.

In an effort to ensure a safe and respectful workplace, the Society will not accept abusive behaviour or communications towards our staff. This includes:

  • demeaning or harassing comments;
  • racist, discriminatory or obscene statements;
  • sexual harassment; and
  • intimidation, shouting and threats.

Our staff reserves the right to restrict communication with you if engage in any of these behaviours.

Thank you for helping us maintain a safe and respectful workplace.

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