Seeking Immediate Expressions of Interest for Complaints Investigation Committee

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is seeking expressions of interest to fill vacancies on the Complaints Investigation Committee. The elevation of two members to the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia has created vacancies on this committee, and the Society is seeking to appoint new members as soon as possible.

The Society is seeking expressions of interest from lawyers with experience in criminal law, family law, real estate, wills and estates, and transactional work. Additionally, new lawyers with at least three years of experience are encouraged to put forth an expression of interest.

If you are interested in joining the Complaints Investigation Committee, please send the following materials to Jane Willwerth at [email protected].  We will review your materials and refer your application to the Nominating Committee for review and recommendation to Council.

  • A brief expression of interest (max. 1 page) – please describe why you’re interested in joining the Complaints Investigation Committee, and the attributes and experience you could bring to this committee’s work.
  • A brief resume (1-2 pages)
  • A completed Skills Matrix

We value diversity, equity and inclusion, and we encourage applicants of all backgrounds and identities.   

Learn more about the Complaints Investigation Committee and the time commitment required:

Complaints Investigation Committee

With reference to the Code of Professional Conduct, this committee considers matters referred to it in relation to allegations of professional misconduct, conduct unbecoming, professional incompetence, and incapacity.  It provides direction on investigations when requested and addresses urgent matters where the public interest may require action by the Society. It refers matters to the Fitness to Practice Committee and to formal hearing and has other specific duties under the Legal Profession Act, Part III. 

Skills and attributes – an understanding of administrative law principles and professional regulation concepts; the CIC’s authority under the Act and regulations; the Code of Professional Conduct; the various practice standards; an ability to review lengthy and complex materials resulting from investigations and other reports; strong analytical and communication skills; an understanding of the Society’s responsibilities and obligations to complainants, lawyers and others impacted by complaints; a commitment to fairness, respect, integrity, accountability; an ability to separate public interest and legal ethics from lawyers’ self interest and, where required, to effectively balance those interests; and an ability to make difficult decisions and demonstrate firmness yet empathy toward those under investigation.

Time commitment – this committee requires a time commitment of about 6-10 hours/bimonthly to prepare for and attend regularly scheduled meetings; an additional 4-6 hours through the year to assist with complaint file review when requested; as well as an additional 3-6 hours on an ad hoc basis, as available, for unscheduled meetings, interviews and hearings (approx. 4-6 times per year).  Members will be able to attend meetings virtually, or in person.