The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society is the governing body for the legal profession in Nova Scotia, which currently includes approximately 2,800 practising lawyers and non-practising members.

The Society’s purpose is to uphold and protect the public interest in regulating the practice of law in Nova Scotia. The following important documents currently govern this mandate:

Find out more about credentialing and admissions, professional responsibility, public hearings and decisions, trust accounts and Client ID Regulations.

The Society is building a new regulatory framework: visit Legal services regulation for current information and see the LSR Infographic for an overview. If you would like to receive the Legal Services Regulation Update newsletter via email, contact us at

Detailed information about regulation across Canada, through 14 provincial and territorial law societies, is available from the Federation of Law Societies.