Certificates & Letters of Good Standing

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 Good Standing/Letter of Good Standing in the drop-down menu under ‘Applications’ in the navigation menu.
  • Click on Certificate of Good 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. Please note that completed Certificates/Letters of Standing will not be processed until payment has been received.  

*Note that you will receive confirmation that your request has been processed. Applicants do not receive a copy of their document. 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 less than 24 hours – $172.50 HST included

Letter of Standing – $28.75 HST included or if required in less than 24 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 ehosking@nsbs.org to request an invoice.

Questions about the application process? Contact certstanding@nsbs.org