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.
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.
Enhancing access to legal services and the justice system for all Nova Scotians
In the current year, it’s a priority for Council to examine and adopt regulatory changes that will enhance access to legal services. In particular, the Society advocates for enhanced access to legal services and to the justice system for equity-seeking and economically disadvantaged citizens.
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.