Current circumstances have led to the closure of courts in HRM for all but the most pressing matters. Nova Scotia Legal Aid (NSLA) wishes to extend an invitation to individuals who do not otherwise have legal counsel to contact us so that legal counsel can appear on their behalf in the Provincial Courts in Halifax and Dartmouth to obtain a new court appearance date for them.
The best way to request our assistance is to complete the online form: HRM Provincial Court Adjournment. The online form only gathers the information necessary to make a request to adjourn a court date on your behalf. Priority will be given to online requests for assistance.
We can also be reached at 902-420-7800. Please leave a message with your full name, date of birth, and your upcoming court date and location. A representative will be in touch to confirm we can assist.
Please try to contact us with your request at least 2 days before your court date so we can ensure that counsel is available and advised of your request. While we will try to contact you with your new court date, it will still be your responsibility to find out your new date yourself by contacting us or the courthouse where your case is being heard.
Unfortunately, these services are not available for matters in night court (such as motor vehicle or Small Claims Court cases) at the present time. NSLA can, however, provide advice and assistance for individuals with night court matters if they wish to seek a postponement of their court date.
Remember, requests for assistance at least 2 days before the scheduled court date stand the best chance of a positive outcome.