This information is for lawyers who wish to explore pro bono opportunities.

Public Navigator - Civil litigation Pilot  Project

This is a pilot program to train non-legal community members ("Public Navigators") to provide legal information and support to self-represented individuals going through proceedings in the Small Claims Court. Click here to learn more about this project.

LISNS seeks volunteer civil litigation lawyers to:

  • provide legal information support to public navigators
  • review project materials for substantive accuracy
  • provide expert input.

Contact the Legal Information Society's Executive Director, Heather de Berdt Romilly, at [email protected]  or 902-454-2198 for further information.

Lawyer Referral Service (all areas of law)

Members of the Legal Information Society's Lawyer Referral Service who select the "pro bono" option commit to offering free legal information and summary advice to individuals referred to them for up to 30 minutes, and may choose to provide further help, at their discretion. Click here to learn more.

LISNS pro bono Objectives and Principles

LISNS pro bono Objectives

  • To help Nova Scotians find pro bono services for their legal problem
  • To create various ways for Nova Scotians to gain access to legal pro bono services
  • To partner with organizations already providing pro bono legal services throughout Nova Scotia
  • To educate the Nova Scotia legal community about pro bono opportunities and their benefits
  • To engage and provide opportunities for the legal community in Nova Scotia to participate in delivering pro bono services
  • To raise general public awareness about pro bono legal services

LISNS pro bono Principles

1.  Providing pro bono legal services is part of the tradition of the Nova Scotia Bar, where the profession has demonstrated its ethical and moral responsibility to assist citizens in attaining access to justice

2.  Pro bono legal services are provided to people and non-profit organizations of limited means without expectation of a fee.

3.  Pro bono legal services should be designed and provided according to the changing social and legal needs of the people and non-profit organizations of limited means for whom they are intended

4.  Pro bono legal services should be provided according to the same standards of dedication, excellence, and professional ethics as paid services.

5.  Pro bono legal services should serve to complement and not replace government-funded programs advancing access to justice; such as Nova Scotia Legal Aid. A collaborative pro bono system should not be a substitute for a properly funded legal aid system.

Contact for more information

For more information about any of these pro bono volunteer opportunities, please contact:

Heather de Berdt Romilly, Executive Director
Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia
1663 Brunswick Street, Hydrostone Market
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3Z6
Telephone: 902-454-2198
Email: [email protected]