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Now open longer: Legal Information Line and Lawyer Referral Service

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is pleased to announce that our Legal Information Line and Lawyer Referral Service is now open longer. The new hours are:

Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Closed from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

Call the Legal Information Line and Lawyer Referral Service at:

How lawyers resolve family law disputes

Note: The following article has been republished with permission from its author John-Paul Boyd, Executive Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family. It originally appeared on his Access to Justice in Canada Blog/Forum on Oct. 22, 2014, at accesstojusticeincanada.blogspot.ca.  

Are you a lawyer interested in providing legal information and/or advice on court processes and forms for self-represented litigants?

If so, the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is inviting you to sign up to be on a roster of lawyers to be administered by the Prothonotaries of the Regional Justice Centres (excluding HRM). This pilot project is designed to assist self-represented consumers who have process issues related to areas (non-family civil) that are within the mandate of the General Division of the Supreme Court.

Department of Justice Canada: Federal support to provide Nova Scotia youth with additional tools and resources to navigate Canada's justice system

On October 14, Minister of Justice Peter MacKay announced $339,000 to support an expansion of the services currently being offered by the Sea Star Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) operating out of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. The Minister made the announcement while delivering the opening remarks at the 2014 SeaStar Child and Youth Advocacy Centre Conference. The keynote address for the conference was delivered by Sheldon Kennedy, a prominent advocate for child victims of abuse.

Legal resource information for the public

Your legal services clients may be interested in handling some aspects of a matter themselves as a cost-saving measure. Or you may wish to refer a member of the public to an agency or legal information service provider best placed to assist.

Justice Canada grants funding toward bilingual access to justice centre in Halifax

The Associations des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE) is proud to announce that it has received a grant of over $1,000,000 from Justice Canada for the creation of its bilingual access to justice center in Halifax.

Opening of a bilingual access to justice centre in Halifax

The Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE) is proud to announce the opening of the its bilingual access to justice center in Halifax, thanks to the financial support of Justice Canada. The official opening is scheduled for Friday, November 21, 2014 in conjunction with the annual meeting and celebration of the AJEFNE’s 20th anniversary. 

Pro Bono Students Canada: Call for Lawyer Supervisors

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) at Dalhousie is looking for lawyers to supervise projects in the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year.

PBSC is a national organization with chapters at 21 Canadian law schools devoted to providing pro bono legal services in the community. We match organizations with our students to work on law-focused volunteer projects.

Nova Scotia A2J Coordinating Committee in the national spotlight

The top story in the summer newsletter from the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice puts Nova Scotia’s new Access to Justice Coordinating Committee in the national spotlight … 

From Ideas to Action: Exciting new A2J initiatives developed in response to Action Committee Final Report

Implantation d’un Centre d’accès à la justice bilingue

(Le 23 juin 2014) -- L’Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE) est fière d’annoncer l’implantation du premier Centre d’accès à la justice bilingue à Halifax grâce à l’appui financier de Justice Canada.

Ce projet pilote d’une durée de 4 ans permettra à l’AJEFNE de répondre aux besoins juridiques des citoyens par la création d’un lieu offrant un accès gratuit à de l’information juridique, du soutien et de l’orientation vers les services appropriés.

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