• Society leadership for 2015-2016

    The Society’s executive officers for 2015-2016 are President Jill Perry (centre), First Vice-President R. Daren Baxter QC, TEP (at right) and Second Vice-President Julia Cornish QC (at left). Find out more about Council at nsbs.org/about_us/council.  

  • Building cultural competence, equity strategies in legal workplaces

    For tools and guidance on employment equity and cultural competence, use the Society’s resource portal: Developing an equity strategy in your legal workplace. It provides lawyers and legal services organizations with model policies, short educational videos, assessment toolkits and checklists, and a reference library. Find the new portal under Equity & access or bookmark it directly: http://nsbs.libguides.com/equityportal.

  • 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 2015, Pier 21)

  • 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 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. The Society aims to examine and approve regulatory changes to enhance access, and advocate for enhanced access for equity-seeking and economically disadvantaged groups. Find out more in the new Equity & access section of the website at nsbs.org/equity-access.  

  • Transforming regulation and governance in the public interest

    Council created an ambitious Strategic Framework to guide the Society’s activities from 2013 to 2016. A main priority is to establish an outcomes-focused regulatory model, to ensure regulation of Nova Scotia’s legal profession is keeping pace with the rapidly evolving global landscape of legal services. For details on how it's shaping up so far, see nsbs.org/legal-services-regulation

  • The Society Record

    Restorative justice is in the Society Record spotlight. The new edition includes content on RJ efforts across Nova Scotia, restorative approaches in schools and administrative agencies, Mi’kmaw family group conferencing, the Seventh Step Society and the restorative inquiry into past abuses at the NS Home for Colored Children.