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Nova Scotia Laws & Information Services


A Lay Person's Intro to NOVA SCOTIA Legal Information Sources and Lawyers' Web Sites

Facts about Nova Scotia

www.gov.ns.ca/cmns/notebook/default.asp - quick overview of this Atlantic Province on Government of Nova Scotia website.

Legislative Assembly

Nova Scotia Government Legislation:  Statutes & Regulations

www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/legc//index.htm on this web page click on "STATUTES OF NOVA SCOTIA" and this will take you to the area leading to online full text versions of various laws/statutes/regulations.

Law News Online Digests of Nova Scotia Court Decisions


" Law News Online provides access to digests of Nova Scotia Court decisions (primarily Supreme and Appeal) since the July 1997 issue (vol. 23 no.1) of Nova Scotia Law News. Digests are loaded as they become available. Full text of the decisions (January 1999 to date) are now available. (After conducting a search select full text from the drop down menu.) " [quote fr. Nova Scotia Barristers' Society website at url above 04.03.20]

Department of Justice - Nova Scotia

[The following is direct quote from Gov't website 04/03/20 www.gov.ns.ca/govt/foi/justice.htm go there for the full departmental information available on the web]

Mandate and Functions

" The Department of Justice administers justice within the Province of Nova Scotia and provides legal opinions and advice to the various government departments, as well as to agencies, boards, and commissions. The Department is committed to the fair and effective administration of justice and to excellence of service to the people of Nova Scotia."

"Under the Public Service Act the function of the Minister of Justice, in his role as Attorney General, is to prosecute all criminal and penal offences and to ensure the administration of public affairs in accordance with the law. The Department is responsible for advising the heads of departments on matters of law concerning their departments, as well as regulating and conducting all litigation for or against the Crown. The Attorney General administers justice through the services of the courts and through services for victims of crime."

"The main goals of the Department are:

  • the administration and operation of correctional facilities for adult and young offenders;
  • the provision of community corrections services for adult and young offenders;
  • the provision of legal advice and representation to all government departments and agencies;
  • all civil proceedings by or against the Crown;
  • the provision of legal advice and opinions on the development of legislation and regulations;
  • the form, cataloguing, and publication of regulations;
  • the promotion of the rights of victims of crime;
  • the development and implementation of policies and programs for victims of crime;
  • the provision of administrative support to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, the supreme Court of Nova Scotia, the Provincial and Family Courts, Small Claims and Probate Courts;
  • the administration of the Maintenance Enforcement Program;
  • the promotion of the efficiency of policing services, and the improvement of police relationship in communities in the province;
  • the effective and efficient administration of the firearms control program and the licensing of private investigators and guards; and
  • the coordination of the Framework for Action Against Family Violence, through implementation and evaluation.

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The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS)

"... a non-profit organization that provides Nova Scotians with information and resources about the law. "

" LISNS believes that Nova Scotians have a right and a responsibility to learn about the laws that affect them. They must have access to these laws and information which makes laws understandable. "

"... providing easy access to information on the law is fundamental to a fair justice system. "

" The L.I.S.N.S. programs include:

see also their Tips for Tourists page

Human Rights Commission - Nova Scotia

" About the Human Rights Commission

" The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is an independent government commission that is charged with the administration of the province's Human Rights Act."

" Nova Scotia's Human Rights Act is a provincial law that affirms every person is free and equal in dignity and rights without regard to age, race, colour, religion, creed, sex (gender), sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, ethnic, national or aboriginal origin, family or marital status, source of income or political belief, affiliation or activity. The act also prohibits sexual harassment in all areas of public life. "

" Commission staff investigate complaints of discrimination. As well, staff in the public education and affirmative action and race relations divisions provide programs and services on diversity and stopping sexual harassment. These programs and services can be tailored for workshops in the workplace or for school presentations. Please call (902) 424-4111 or 1-877-269-7699 (toll-free in Nova Scotia) for more information. Commission staff also consult with organizations to help them set up their own policies, programs and services in these areas. "

" The Commission's central office is located in Halifax, N.S. and there are regional offices in Sydney, Digby and New Glasgow, N.S. to serve people across Nova Scotia. "

" The Human Rights Commission tries to make itself accessible to all members of the public. The Commission has a TTY and will provide interpretation to persons with hearing impairments upon request. Aussi, nous offrons quelques services en franÇais. The Human Rights Act is available in French and English and in braille and on audio tape. "

" For more information on filing a human rights complaint in Nova Scotia, see Guide to the Complaint Process. To find out more about protections in the province's Human Rights Act, see Fact Sheets. To view the act on line, go to Human Rights Act. For recent information on the Commission, see News Releases. " [quote from Human Rights Commission website 04.03.19]

Lawyers Services & Directories of Experienced Law Firms

Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

Canada Immigration Lawyers in Halifax, Nova Scotia

M. Lee Cohen barrister & solicitor in Halifax

"Lee Cohen has been practicing law ... since 1981... practice is dedicated exclusively to matters related to immigration, refugees and human rights. ... has extensive experience preparing all categories of immigration applications and procedures for people including:

  • independent and professional people,
  • families,
  • business people,
  • refugees,
  • foreign workers,
  • visitors, and
  • people in need of humanitarian relief.

"He has represented clients throughout all stages of Canadian immigration processes, from application to interview and from hearings to Federal Court appeals." [quote fr. website 04.03.20]

Karen N. Bennett-Clayton, BA LLB

Practicing: Canada Immigration Law | Civil Litigation | Media / Entertainment Law
Associate Counsel
Suite 900, Purdy's Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water Street
P.O. Box 997
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3J 2X2
Telephone:  902.420.3200
Website:  www.smss.com
Email: kbennettclayton@smss.com

Language:  English
Direct Dial: 902.420.3377
Practice Areas:  Litigation / Insurance / Media and Entertainment / Immigration

Education:  Dalhousie University (B.A., 1991)
Brunel University, London, England (LL.B., Honours, 1999)
Awarded University Medal
Law Society Memberships: Canadian Bar Association
Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

2005-2007, Chair, Citizenship & Immigration Law Section, Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia)
2004-2005, Vice-Chair, Citizenship & Immigration Law Section, Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia)
2001-present, Member, Ad Idem, Canadian Media Lawyers Association
Other Information:
2007, Presenter, Atlantic Canada Panel on Immigration Law: Provincial Nominee Programs, Ontario Bar Association
2007 Institute of Continuing Legal Education
2006, Part-time lecturer, Civil Trial Practice, Dalhousie Law School [quote fr. www.smss.com 2006.04.22 ]

Canadian Lawyers - Exemplars of Practice Profiles

Bruce W. Lemer, barrister & solicitor, Vancouver, BC

Bruce Lemer was called to the bar in 1982.

He was plaintiff's co-counsel in Endean vs. Canadian Red Cross and others, ... a class action on behalf of individuals infected with hepatitis C through blood transfusions, which resulted in the largest class action settlement in Canadian history.

He has extensive experience in complex litigation, having acted for numerous individuals in products liability and professional negligence claims against governments, blood products manufacturers and the Canadian Red Cross for infection with HIV and hepatitis C through blood transfusions and blood products.

He has successfully represented plaintiffs in negligence claims against stockbrokers and brokerage firms, physicians and highway maintenance bodies (for accidents caused by inadequate winter maintenance procedures).

He has appeared on numerous occasions in the British Columbia Supreme Court, the BC Court of Appeal, and courts in Alberta and Ontario.

In 2003-2004 he is plaintiffs' counsel in:

  • a proposed class action against brokerage firms with respect to allegedly improper charges made to clients for currency exchange transactions;
  • a proposed class action against a drug manufacturer with respect to allegedly inappropriate actions taken to raise the price of a drug;
  • a proposed class action against a individuals and a financial institution for involvement in an alleged scheme to defraud hundreds of investors in real estate developments.

Mr. Lemer has also successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of personal injury cases, including those dealing with quadriplegia, brain injuries, serious orthopedic injuries and death claims.

Publications and Articles by Mr. Lemer include:

  • He was the yearly update author of the chapter on I.C.B.C. (Insurance Corp. of BC) no-fault benefits in the Motor Vehicle Claims Manual ( a publication of the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, 1999-2003 )
  • Strict Products Liability:  The problem of improperly designed products ( Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 1982 )
  • Dealing With Claimants and Insureds ( in Insurance Law, CLE, 1989 )
  • Practice Points for a Personal Injury Discovery ( in Personal Injury Trials: Techniques and Tactics, CLE, 1989 )
  • Pollution Coverage Under C.G.L. and Automobile Policies ( in Pollution and Contamination Insurance Claims, CLE, 1990 )

540 - 220 Cambie St.
Vancouver, BC
Phone:  604.642.6363
Website: www.BruceLemer.com


See also:  brucelemer.com/icbc-motor-vechicle-accidents
See also:  http://www.brucelemer.com/class-actions
See also:  Lawyers-bc.com profile:   BC Class Actions Lawyers

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