• The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society is the public interest regulator of the legal profession

    The Society sets and maintains standards for the credentialing and admissions of those who seek to practise law in Nova Scotia, ensures professional responsibility through its regulation, and works to enhance access to justice for all Nova Scotians. (At left: Bar Admission Ceremony 2014, Pier 21)

  • Society leadership for 2014-2015

    The Society’s executive officers for 2014-2015 are President Tilly Pillay QC (centre), First Vice-President Jill Perry (at left) and Second Vice-President R. Daren Baxter QC, TEP (at right).

  • NSBS BLOG: In the Public Interest

    It’s a term we use all the time in relation to the Society’s mandate. It’s at the core of all we do in regulating the legal profession. But what does it mean exactly? Through our new blog, In the Public Interest, we aim to show how the Society’s work is making a difference to Nova Scotians.

  • Enhancing access to legal services and the justice system

    Under the 2013-2016 Strategic Framework, it’s a priority to enhance access to legal services and the justice system for all Nova Scotians. This year, the Society aims to examine and approve regulatory changes to enhance access, and advocate for enhanced access for equity-seeking and economically disadvantaged groups. See the Access to Justice Action Plan at nsbs.org/enhance-access.  

  • Transforming regulation and governance in the public interest

    Council created an ambitious new Strategic Framework to guide the Society’s activities from 2013 through 2016. A main priority this year is to examine and approve an outcomes-focused regulatory model, to ensure regulation of Nova Scotia’s legal profession is keeping pace with technology and the rapidly evolving global landscape of legal services. See nsbs.org/transform-regulation for details. 

  • The Society Record

    In the latest Society Record, the cover story takes a look at the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s annual meeting this fall in Halifax, which focused on brainstorming practical strategies to enhance access to legal services. The new edition also features stories on Entity Regulation 101, legal innovation and legal research, plus updates on the Society’s A2J Action Plan, ITL Observership Program and how the private Bar is helping Nova Scotia Legal Aid.

  • CPD Requirement

    All practising lawyers are required to complete 12 hours of continuing professional development annually. See NSBS CPD Requirement and the CPD Handbook for details.

  • Search for a lawyer

    Use the Society’s member directory to look up lawyers by name, firm or location. The Lawyer Search link is at the top right of the homepage, beside Careers and Contact Us

  • NSBS statistics

    Find current statistics for Nova Scotia’s legal profession in the Society's Statistical Snapshot, updated annually.