Certificates & Letters of Good Standing

The Society’s office will be closed for the holidays from December 23, 2022–January 2, 2023. Applications will not be processed during this time. Our office will reopen Wednesday, January 3, 2023.

Members may request a Certificate of Standing or a Letter of Good Standing if they require documentation from the Society advising a third party of their membership standing, discipline history or other information.  

Please note: Some recipients may not accept Certificates of Standing that do not come directly from a law society. It is your responsibility to verify this information with the relevant parties prior to submitting your application to avoid delays and/or additional fees. 

Certificate of Standing 

A Certificate of Standing confirms your membership and membership standing with the Society, and may include the following information: 

  • any discipline or competency proceedings pending or taken against you, and the nature of the conduct that is the subject of the proceeding; 
  • information on any misappropriation of funds or wrongful conversion of property, and whether any claims are pending before the Society; 
  • whether your right to practise law is subject to restrictions or conditions, and whether or not such restrictions are voluntary or imposed by the Society. 

Letter of Good Standing 

A Letter of Good Standing is a basic version of the Certificate of Standing. This letter will confirm your membership standing with the Society. 

Apply for a Certificate of Standing or Letter of Good Standing 

Apply for a Certificate of Standing or Letter of Good Standing through the Society’s Member Sign In:

  • Sign in to your Member profile at members.nsbs.org by entering your username and password.
  • Find the application for the Certificate of Standing/Letter of Good Standing in the drop-down menu under ‘Applications’ in the navigation menu.
  • Click on Certificate of Standing/Letter of Good Standing – this will take you to a page where you can select the application accordingly.
  • Complete the application.

Please allow 7-10 business days for standard processing and 48 hours for rush processing. Please note that completed Certificates/Letters of Standing will not be processed until payment has been received.  

*Note you will be copied on the email sent to the recipient. If requesting a Certificate of Standing or Letter of Good Standing for another law society, documentation must be sent directly from the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

Payment Information

Certificate of Standing – $115 HST included or if required in 48 hours – $172.50 HST included

Letter of Good Standing – $28.75 HST included or if required in 48 hours – $43.13 HST included

Payment options

The online application will allow you to pay via credit card or you may select the pay later option to pay by cheque/online banking. Visa debit cards will not be accepted.

You can pay via online banking by adding the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society as a payee under bill payments and use your member number with two zeros at the beginning as the account number.

Please note completed Certificates/Letters of Standing will not be processed until payment has been received.

Contact Erika Hosking at [email protected] to request an invoice.

Questions about the application process? Contact [email protected]