Volunteer lawyers needed for free Halifax legal clinic

Are you a practising lawyer looking to give back to the community? The Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts is looking for volunteers to provide Pro Bono legal advice for self-represented litigants.

This initiative was first launched in Halifax in 2015 to fill a gap in services for people needing assistance with their civil law matters and family law appeals, excluding child protection matters. Nova Scotia Legal Aid provides duty counsel services at most courthouses to help self-represented individuals with criminal and family law matters, but there was nothing available for other types of cases.

The Halifax clinic offers appointments most Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., excluding holidays. Each session lasts one hour. Appointments can be in person on the 2nd Floor at the Law Courts or by telephone.

The next session of the clinic begins on Thursday, May 16, 2024, and continues until mid August. Volunteer lawyers are needed for the following dates:

• May 16, 23 & 30
• June 6, 13, 20 & 27
• July 4, 11, 18 & 25
• Aug. 1, 8 & 15

If you are interested and available to volunteer on any of these dates, please send an email with your availability to hfxfreelegalclinic@courts.ns.ca or call 902-424-6840.