What if Legal Services are Denied?
Appealing a Denial of Service
If you have followed all the steps in applying for legal aid and have given all necessary information but are still denied services you may appeal. If service is denied, you will be given a reason for the decision, and information about how to make an appeal. If you are denied a full-service lawyer you may still receive summary advice and information to help you with your matter. Appealing is a simple process so don’t worry. Here’s how it works:
How to Appeal:
- Appeals must be made in writing: by letter or even a simple note will do.
- The letter should explain why you were denied and give reasons why legal aid should be granted. Include financial information if needed.
- See brochure: Appeal Committee Process (November 2022)
- Once the appeal is received, NS Legal Aid will contact you to get more information, answer questions and prepare an appeals package.
- You will be given a time, date and location for the appeal.
- You may appear in person, on the phone or simply provide written materials. You do not need to attend – the Appeal Committee will have your letter to consider.
- You may bring a support person with you.
- Appeals are reviewed by an Appeal Committee.
- Appeal dates are typically on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
The Appeal Committee will review your appeal along with a response from the office where you applied, and a decision is usually made within a week. You will be told the Committee’s decision by letter or sometimes a phone call.
Please email, mail or deliver your appeal to:
March 17, 2020 – Note: Due to changes in service as a result of COVID-19 and limited staffing, please forward appeal letters via email if possible.
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
1701 Hollis Street, Suite 710
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3M8
902-420-3136 or 1-877-420-6578
Should you need more detailed information, please see the Legal Aid Act here: