Law Day events at The Law Courts: April 19, 1 to 3 pm

The Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Branch (CBA-NS) is pleased to be working with the Nova Scotia Courts to present an afternoon of free events celebrating Law Day, on Wednesday, April 19.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 1 – 3 pm
3rd Floor, The Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water St., Halifax

Law Day is a national event to mark the signing of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is an occasion for the public to learn about the law, the legal profession and the legal institutions that form the cornerstones of Canadian democracy.

Members of the public and media are invited to attend all the activities, including an interactive Q&A session with The Honourable Michael MacDonald, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, and Dennis James, President of CBA-NS. The session will provide visitors an opportunity to ask questions in person; the participants will also answer questions that were previously gathered via Twitter.

The entire program will be webcast live on the Courts of Nova Scotia website at and people can also follow the conversation on Twitter by searching the hashtag #AskaNSJudge

Every year CBA-NS presents the Law Day Award to an organization that fosters greater public understanding of the Canadian justice system and the role of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, encourages and promotes access to justice, informs and educates the public about the courts, law enforcement agencies, and the legal profession, and acts as an advocate on behalf of citizens in the Canadian justice system.

Last year the award went to the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS). The 2017 Law Day Award will be presented on Wednesday to the Halifax law firm Nijhawan McMillan Barristers.

This year’s Law Day program also includes courthouse tours and displays by Halifax Regional Police, Dalhousie Legal Aid, Nova Scotia’s Mental Health Court Program, #TalkJustice, the Nova Scotia Labour Board, and LISNS. Each organization will have representatives on hand to answer questions about their programs and services.

For a detailed schedule of events or more information on Law Day, visit