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

This work has expanded to include free legal clinics at the courthouses in Yarmouth, Truro, and Sydney. More information on those clinics is available at https://www.courts.ns.ca/resources/public/free-legal-clinics

The Halifax clinic offers one-hour appointments most Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. — in person on the 2nd Floor at the Law Courts or via telephone.

The latest session of the clinic began on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, and continues until mid-April. Volunteer lawyers are needed for:

• February 8
• March 7 and 21

These clinics provide a valuable service to litigants who may not otherwise have access to a lawyer and are a rewarding experience for volunteers.

If you’re interested, contact [email protected] and indicate preferred date and whether you prefer in person or virtual.