COVID-19 Update to the Profession

Update March 31, 2020

The Society’s office will remain closed until Monday, May 4, 2020. The Society’s Library located at the NS Law Courts will also remain closed.


Dear members,

We know that recent events have created significant challenges for you as you try to meet your legal and ethical obligations while still trying to serve your clients and ensure you and your staff remain safe. The way we all work and interact has radically changed.

While our office is closed, we are working remotely to support our members and make decisions in the public interest in a proactive, principled and proportionate manner. 

We continue to listen to the advice and information provided by our government and our public health officials. We know that we have to act now to maintain physical distance and stay at home, where possible.

We have developed guidance on our website to support you in the practice of law and delivery of legal services in the context of COVID-19. This includes information and resources on how you can fulfill your professional obligations while maintaining physical distance, advice and information on how to accept affidavits, how to keep you and your staff safe, trust account requirements, articling information and more.

Please review these FAQs on the Society’s website. (https://nsbs.org/covid-19-questions/)

We will continue to update this page and add practice guidance and resources as issues arise.

It is time to work from home

If you have not already done so, we recommend that law firms and lawyers transition to working at home.

Please consider the following:

  • Ensure that all the information you need is current and accessible including client contact information, client files, banking information, passwords for computers and work equipment.
  • If you are changing your business hours or where you will be working, communicate this to your clients as soon as possible.
  • Keep all client information secure and confidential.
  • Use a system to securely save electronic financial and client information – this system should allow you to retrieve information easily in the future.

How to communicate with us

We ask that you communicate with us electronically via email or phone at 902 422-1491 as we continue to answer questions, support members, and the public remotely. Please do not send mail or parcels to our office.

Society staff are equipped with technology and resources to work from home and you can reach our staff using the same contact information.

The Society’s library at the Nova Scotia Law Courts is closed until further notice. We can no longer accept deliveries, documents or book returns at this time. We are available to answer questions and can assist with online reference work remotely. Contact the library at nsbslib@nsbs.org or call 1 866-219-1202.

What we are doing

We have and will continue to collaborate with the Courts, the Registrar General of Land Titles, the Registrar of Joint Stocks, and other stakeholders in the administration of justice as they work through ways to deliver service in non-traditional ways. We are sharing their updates and information on our website.

We are waiving fees for those members who wish to change their practising status within the next few months. Learn more about changing your membership category.

We are also exploring whether we can postpone the collection of fees for those members who are experiencing hardship due to a reduction in income or other circumstances. Please be patient with us as we review our options carefully.

Looking ahead

We have received questions about the June Call to the Bar and about whether students will be able to commence their articles in June. We are actively looking into this and will keep you informed.

Our day-to-day business operations continue and we are adapting to the changing environment. Please reach out to us with your questions.

We are here to support you through these challenging times. We hope that you and your families remain safe and healthy in the days and weeks to come.

Best regards,

Tilly Pillay QC

NSBS Executive Director