• 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 2013, Pier 21)

  • Introducing: 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.

  • Society governance for 2013-2014

    The Society’s executive officers for 2013-2014 are President J. René Gallant (centre), First Vice-President Tilly Pillay QC (at left) and Second Vice-President Jill Perry (at right).

  • Council provides governance to province’s legal profession

    Council includes the executive officers, 13 lawyers elected across the province and five appointed members, including three public representatives. Current strategic priorities are transforming regulation and governance in the public interest, and enhancing access to legal services and the justice system for all Nova Scotians. For ongoing updates, see Council materials.

  • 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.

  • The Society Record

    The latest Society Record aims to generate dialogue about enhancing access to legal services – and access to the justice system – for all Nova Scotians. It looks at self-represented litigants, legal information for the public, and ongoing efforts by the Society, Nova Scotia Legal Aid and others in the legal community. 

  • 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

  • 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.

  • NSBS statistics

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