Finding a lawyer

Search our lawyer directory
Use the Society’s online lawyer directory to look up contact information for practising lawyers in Nova Scotia and non-practising members. You can search by name, firm / company or location. 

Lawyer referral
Please note that it is the object and duty of the Society to regulate the practice of law within Nova Scotia. It is not our mandate to recommend lawyers. Contact the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) for its Lawyer Referral Service at 1 800 665 9779 (toll free) or 902 455 3135. Find LISNS on the web at

Legal Aid
The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission provides legal representation to qualified applicants, with priority for matters involving liberty and civil rights, and integrity and protection of an individual’s family. For details on qualifying and applying for legal aid, or to contact the nearest office, visit

Pro bono and low cost legal services
The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia maintains a detailed directory of free and low cost legal help in Nova Scotia on its website. 

The Courts of Nova Scotia
Visit for information about the courts in Nova Scotia, including locations and contact information. Free weekly legal clinics are available for eligible self-represented litigants who have limited or no experience navigating the legal system. These Free Legal Clinics are currently offered in Halifax, Yarmouth and Sydney, Cape Breton. Private one-hour sessions with a volunteer practising lawyer and a law student are available by appointment for civil law matters before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, and family law matters before the Court of Appeal, with the exception of child protection appeals. They do not deal with criminal law matters.