Practice standards and guidelines

This page contains information for lawyers about many aspects of the Society’s regulation and requirements. Some of the links below are advisory for lawyers practising in Nova Scotia; others articulate mandatory obligations. 


  • Medical-Legal Reports (These guidelines shall apply to all civil, criminal, quasi-judicial and administrative proceedings at which the attendance of a physician may be compelled by subpoena.)
  • Medical-Legal Reports – Physiotherapists (Approved by Council on March 27, 1998, and by the College of Physiotherapists on April 7, 1998)
  • Law office search and seizure, when clients are the subject of searches
  • Ethics and new technology (Approved by Council on May 25, 2001 – With the ever-increasing impact of technology on the practice of law, a lawyer using technology must either have reasonable understanding of the technology used in the lawyer's practice, or access to someone who has such understanding.)

Precedents and Checklists: A list of precedents and checklists including the Model Contingency Fee Agreement is available on the Lawyers' Insurance Association of Nova Scotia (LIANS) website.