Free Legal Clinic Coming to Yarmouth for Self-Represented Litigants

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 (Halifax, NS) – Self-represented litigants in Yarmouth and the surrounding communities will soon have access to free legal advice on their civil matters and some family law appeals. The new service is set to begin on Friday, July 6.

The Free Legal Clinic, located in the courthouse at 164 Main St., Yarmouth, will offer private appointments with a volunteer practising lawyer at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month, excluding holidays.

Only those representing themselves on certain types of cases are eligible, specifically civil law matters before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia or the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, and family law appeals, except for child protection matters.

The Yarmouth clinic will not deal with criminal law matters. Duty Counsel through Nova Scotia Legal Aid is available in most courthouses for assistance with criminal and family law matters that do not qualify at the clinic.

This is not a drop-in clinic. Judges, lawyers and others involved with the provincial justice system are aware of this free service and may refer you to the clinic early in the court process or at any point during your time in court. You can also schedule an appointment on your own by visiting the Court Administration Office at the Yarmouth courthouse or by calling 902-742-0580.

The Yarmouth Free Legal Clinic is modeled after those in Halifax and Sydney, which opened in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Since then, these clinics have provided hundreds of hours of assistance to self-represented litigants, mostly due to the dedication and generosity of volunteer lawyers and law firms in these communities.

For more information on the Nova Scotia Courts and our access to justice initiatives, please visit www.courts.ns.ca.

Media Contact:

Jennifer Stairs
Communications Director
Nova Scotia Judiciary
Cell: 902-221-5257
Email: stairsjl@courts.ns.ca

Land Title Initiative Lawyer Roster

Nova Scotia Legal Aid (NSLA) is pleased to announce that it has commenced providing legal services pursuant to the new Land Title Initiative (LTI). In collaboration with a number of government stakeholders, NSLA will assist land owners in removing barriers to obtaining legal title to their land.  This will help to address the unequal treatment that African Nova Scotians have faced.  Pursuant to the LTI, NSLA is now assisting Nova Scotians in the five Communities of East Preston, North Preston, Cherry Brook, Lincolnville, and Sunnyville. These five communities, among others, have suffered historical discrimination that, among other things, has prevented their land owners from receiving legal title to their land.

Service provided will include:

  • Obtaining a Certificate of Title under the Land Titles Clarification Act (LTCA) (which requires migration after issuance of the certificate of title);
  • Migrations under the Land Registration Act;
  • Court-ordered declarations, and negotiation between private parties; and
  • Applications under the Probate Act/Intestate Succession Act.

NSLA is currently building a roster of lawyers to assist in this important Initiative.  We require lawyers to act for clients where our Staff Lawyers have conflicts of interest. Additionally, we are also looking for senior real estate practitioners to provide legal opinions and advice in relation to complex title issues.

If you are interested in learning more about this Initiative, please contact the Halifax Land Title Office at: 902-420-8845, or you can direct your inquiries to:  lti@nslegalaid.ca.

Staff and/or Managing Lawyer Position – Yarmouth

MANAGING LAWYER AND/OR STAFF LAWYER POSITION

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID

 

Position:  Managing Lawyer and/or Staff Lawyer position in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia practicing criminal and family law.  Initial one-year contract with potential to become permanent.

Qualifications:  Successful candidate must be a practicing, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society with a thorough understanding of Criminal and Family Law.  Candidate should have experience in representing clients before the courts. Competency to conduct legal proceedings in both the English and French languages would be an asset.  Start date to be as soon as possible.

Salary Range:  Per Legal Aid salary scale based on “Relevant Experience” as determined by the Commission at time of hire plus benefits.

Closing Date:     Friday, July 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Reply To:

Amy Dickson
Operations Administrative Assistant
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS   B3J 3M8
902-420-3471 Fax
Amy.Dickson@nslegalaid.ca

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  We have an Employment Equity Policy and welcome applications from historically disadvantaged groups, including: Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or resume.

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Staff Lawyer Position – Truro

STAFF LAWYER POSITION

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID

 

Position:  Contract Staff Lawyer position in Truro (Northeast Conflict), Nova Scotia practicing family law.

Qualifications:  Successful candidate must be a practicing, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society with a thorough understanding of Family Law. Candidate should have experience in representing clients before the courts. Competency to conduct legal proceedings in both the English and French languages would be an asset.  Start date to be as soon as possible.

Salary Range:  Per Legal Aid salary scale based on “Relevant Experience” as determined by the Commission at time of hire plus benefits.

Closing Date:     Friday, July 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Reply To:

Amy Dickson
Operations Administrative Assistant
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS   B3J 3M8
902-420-3471 Fax
Amy.Dickson@nslegalaid.ca

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  We have an Employment Equity Policy and welcome applications from historically disadvantaged groups, including: Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or resume.

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Financial Services Officer/Analyst Position

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION

FINANCIAL SERVICES OFFICER/ANALYST

Position:  Seeking an experienced Financial Services Officer/Analyst for a position located in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia.

The Financial Services Officer/Analyst (FSO) will have responsibility for maintaining the accounting system/general ledger of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission. As well, the FSO will be responsible for due diligence on accounts payable and banking. The FSO will provide accurate and appropriate financial information on Commission activities, which includes preparing and analyzing financial reports and preparing monthly internal financial statements.  The position works closely with and supports the Director of Finance (DOF) and the rest of the finance team.

Ideal Abilities and Skills

  • Minimum 3 year post-secondary professional accounting training plus 5 years related experience or an acceptable equivalent of training combined with experience.
  • Proficient in accounting and financial programs, Sage 300 would be considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Proficiency with personal computers including knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office programs.
  • Proficiency in preparing financial reports.
  • The FSO must be able to perform administrative support duties for the DOF.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including attention to detail and accuracy, strong organizational skills, and a capacity to work under pressure of deadlines and multiple competing priorities.

Salary Level:  Under review

Deadline for Applications:  Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Reply To:
Submit your resume with cover letter to:

Amy Dickson
Operations Administrative Assistant
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS    B3J 3M8
Amy.Dickson@nslegalaid.ca

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  We have an Employment Equity Policy and welcome applications from historically disadvantaged groups, including: Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or resume.

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Staff Lawyer Position – Windsor

STAFF LAWYER POSITION

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID

 

Position:  Contract Staff Lawyer position in Windsor, Nova Scotia practicing family law, with the possibility of some criminal law.

Qualifications:  Successful candidate must be a practicing, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society with a thorough understanding of Family Law.  Candidate should have experience in representing clients before the courts.  Competency to conduct legal proceedings in both the English and French languages would be an asset.  Start date to be as soon as possible.

Salary Range:  Per Legal Aid salary scale based on “Relevant Experience” as determined by the Commission at time of hire plus benefits.

Closing Date:     Friday, June 22, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Reply To:

Amy Dickson
Operations Administrative Assistant
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS   B3J 3M8
902-420-3471 Fax
Amy.Dickson@nslegalaid.ca

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  We have an Employment Equity Policy and welcome applications from historically disadvantaged groups, including: Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or resume.

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Land Title Initiative Service Now Available

Nova Scotia Legal Aid (NSLA) is pleased to announce that it has hired two Staff Lawyers from African Nova Scotian communities and two Legal Assistants to staff its two Land Title Initiative (LTI) Offices. Our Halifax LTI Office is now open for business and is located at: Suite 402, 5475 Spring Garden Road. The second LTI Office will be located at Suite 300, 99 Wyse Road, Dartmouth. It is anticipated that staff will commence operational duties in the Dartmouth Office in late June. Lawyers from those offices will be traveling to Lincolnville, Sunnyville, and the other communities for meetings as well.

NSLA will provide service assisting Nova Scotians to obtain title to their land in the five Communities of East Preston, North Preston, Cherry Brook, Lincolnville, and Sunnyville. These five communities, among others, have suffered from historical discrimination that has prevented people from receiving legal title to the land they own. The Province is working with stakeholders, including NSLA, to remove barriers to the clarification of land ownership and address the unequal treatment that African Nova Scotians have faced.

Service provided will include:

  • obtaining a Certificate of Title under the Land Titles Clarification Act (LTCA) (which requires migration after issuance of the certificate);
  • migration under the Land Registration Act;
  • Court-ordered declarations and negotiation between private parties; and
  • applications under the Probate Act/Intestate Succession Act.

Applicants for service under this Initiative will not need to meet financial eligibility guidelines. Files will be assessed for merit and we can only provide service in the above five communities. Please contact our Halifax LTI Office @ 902-420-8845 to apply for legal service. You can also apply online @https://www.nslegalaid.ca/online-application/ or by completing an Application in any Legal Aid Office. Any inquiries can be sent to lti@nslegalaid.ca. Also, the fax number is 902-420-6561.

More information on the Provincial initiative is available here: https://novascotia.ca/natr/titles-clarification/

2018-2019 Business Plan

We are pleased to share the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission’s 2018-2019 Business Plan which can be found here:  NS Legal Aid Commission 2018-2019 Business Plan. The Business Plan can also be found in Legal Aid Publications under the About Us tab.

Staff Lawyer Position – Sydney

STAFF LAWYER POSITION
NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID

Position: Contract Staff Lawyer position in Sydney, Nova Scotia practicing criminal law with the possibility of some criminal duty counsel work.

Qualifications: Successful candidate must be a practicing, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society with a thorough understanding of Criminal Law. Candidate should have experience in representing clients before the courts. Competency to conduct legal proceedings in both the English and French languages would be an asset. Start date to be as soon as possible.

Salary Range: Per Legal Aid salary scale based on “Relevant Experience” as determined by the Commission at time of hire plus benefits.

Closing Date: Friday, June 1, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Reply To:

Amy Dickson
Operations Administrative Assistant
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3M8
902-420-3471 Fax
Amy.Dickson@nslegalaid.ca

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. We have an Employment Equity Policy and welcome applications from historically disadvantaged groups, including: Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or resume.

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Staff Lawyer Position – Sydney

STAFF LAWYER POSITION

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID

 

Position:  Contract Staff Lawyer position in Sydney, Nova Scotia practicing family law.

Qualifications:  Successful candidate must be a practicing, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society with a thorough understanding of Family Law. Candidate should have experience in representing clients before the courts. Competency to conduct legal proceedings in both the English and French languages would be an asset. Start date to be as soon as possible.

Salary Range:  Per Legal Aid salary scale based on “Relevant Experience” as determined by the Commission at time of hire plus benefits.

Closing Date:     Friday, June 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Reply To:

Amy Dickson
Operations Administrative Assistant
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS   B3J 3M8
902-420-3471 Fax
Amy.Dickson@nslegalaid.ca

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  We have an Employment Equity Policy and welcome applications from historically disadvantaged groups, including: Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or resume.

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.