Access Legal Help Nova Scotia: Upcoming FREE Family Law Clinics

The clinics listed below provide free legal help, in the form of a half hour appointment with a lawyer, to those who qualify. Further information can be found on the LISNS website. See "Client Guidelines" for financial eligibility. This service is intended for those who make too much money to qualify for legal aid but do not make enough to retain a lawyer. Clients can book appointments using the online form located at "Book an Appointment".


April 3, 2014

High Conflict Information Program receives federal funding

Families experiencing a particularly high level of conflict related to a separation or divorce can now access support which could help them resolve issues outside the court system.

Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced $240,350 towards the High Conflict Information Program.  This program is a specialized justice service that will better respond to the needs of families in high-conflict separation or divorce.

Cyber-safety Act & the CyberSCAN Unit

Youth and family members in Nova Scotia can now call the country's first cyberbullying investigative unit for help. The unit's investigators started on September 30, 2013, and will begin taking calls and investigating complaints immediately.

Nova Scotians can call 242-6900 in Halifax Regional Municipality or toll-free at 855-702-8324 to talk to an investigator. A new website will have information to help people determine if they are being cyberbullied and outline available options.

Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters

The ongoing leadership of the Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin to raise issues relating to improving access to justice for all Canadians has done much to focus the attention and the energies of many who work within the justice system. The Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters has emerged as a voice for system wide improvements. The Action Committee is focused on fostering engagement, pursuing a strategic approach to reforms and coordinating the efforts of all participants concerned with civil justice.

Access to Family Justice Online Evaluation Summary

In 2012, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and Justice Canada entered into a project funding agreement to improve access to family justice online and to evaluate the implementation of the website during the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year.  The key objective of Nova Scotia’s Access to Family Law Online pilot project was to develop an online public legal information source, focused on family law.