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ARCHIVE OF PAST NOTICES

Court of Appeal moves to Summit Place .....
for 8 to 12 months as part of the on-going renovations at the Halifax Law Courts. Filings will still be accepted at the Law Courts. Read more >>

NSSC Civil Procedure Rules and a related Form amended
on June 28th, 2013

Go to Civil Procedure Rules list of amendments >>

New NSSC Practice Memorandum regarding E-disclosure
"Foreclosure Procedures", "Courtroom Attire For Counsel", and "Infant Settlement Precedents" Practice Memorandums were also amended on June 28th, 2013.
Go to Civil Procedure Rules list of amendments >>

 

Forms of the Nova Scotia Family Court Are Now "Interactive"
Forms of the
Nova Scotia Family Court, which are most frequently used by individual litigants (not by agencies), are now available on this website in an "interactive" format; meaning they can be filled out on a computer. begin here >>

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NSCA Protocol Re:"Inneffective Counsel" Proceedings
The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Court of Appeal Liaison Committee, in consultation with the Court of Appeal, has developed and adopted a protocol for Appeal proceedings involving allegations of inneffective trial Counsel. << read protocol >>

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Civil Procedure Rules & Forms Now Interactive
All Forms related to the Civil Procedure Rules of Nova Scotia are now "interactive" - meaning that they can be filled out and printed on your computer directly from the Courts website.
HOWEVER, THEY MUST STILL BE PRINTED AND THEN FILED WITH THE COURTS AS HARD COPIES (PAPER).
<< Interactive Civil Procedure Rules and Forms >>

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2012 intake date for HFX Provincial Court (long trials)
in courtroom # 6 << click here to view/print schedule >>

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Undertaking #5 on Audio Recordings Request Form Revised
to conform with new Civil Procedure Rules << view revised form >>

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Long Trial Intake Schedule for 2011
in courtroom #6 at Halifax Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road << view schedule >>

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Various Notices Re: Supreme Court Family Division
Fees
Transition Rules
Divorce Packages
Personal Service of Petition filed before June 30, 2010
Amendments to Documents
Contradiction between Rules 59.21(3) and 59.47(3) regarding when a Waiver of
Financial Statements may be filed
Delivery of documents
Reference to Rules/Legislation in Motions

<< view notices >>

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New fees for Court Services in NSSC-FD
in Halifax Regional Municipality and Cape Breton Regional Municipality
<< June 30, 2010 HRM Fees Schedule >>

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New fees for Family Proceedings Court Services
in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court (District Courts)
<< June 30, 2010 Dist. Fees Schedule >>

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NSCA Adopts Hague Protocol in Practice Directive:
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal adopts the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the “Hague Convention”)
See NSCA's new << Hague Protocol Practice Directive >>

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Order Form For Recordings of Court Proceedings Revised:
~ A fifth undertaking has been added. For information about this form and links to the interactive form itself, << click here >>

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NSPC-Halifax Posts 2010 Intake Schedule For Courtroom #6 (Long Trials): << see schedule >>

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NSPC-Dartmouth Introduces "Centralized Intake" Process:
~ Effective February 1 2010, the Provincial Court in Dartmouth introduced a "Centralized Intake" process. One of the four regular courtrooms is now designated as the Intake Courtroom each day of the week on a rotating schedule.
~ For more details and a schedule of which courtrooms will be used (and when) for the “Intake" of matters, click here: << Intake Courtroom >>

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NSSC Introduces New Pre-trial Conference Report Form:
~ The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has created an interactive Pre-trial Conference Report form. This form is "interactive". It can be filled out on a computer. However, it must still be printed and filed with the Courts as a hard copy.
~ The form is available through a link on the << NSSC Forms Page >>
~ You will also find technical instructions through another link on that same page - next to the link which takes you to the actual form.

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NSCA Adopts Bench/Bar Appellate Procedures Committee on Criminal Appeals Final Report:
~ In its Final Report the committee concluded that, for the most part, needed changes to the processes for handling complex criminal appeals can be made by adjusting administrative procedures and improving communication and co-ordination with other parts of the criminal justice system, particularly Legal Aid and the correctional institutions.. << view the report >>

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Nova Scotia Judiciary Clarifies Suggestion To Counsel
Re: Media Access:

~ By way of clarification …… At the November, 2008 media conference held in Halifax and hosted by the Nova Scotia Judiciary, it was suggested that Counsel might be able to help the Courts help the media.
~ Specifically, Counsel may wish to bring along extra copies of documents which they have filed when coming to court on a matter which they anticipate will be of significant interest to the media. When possible and appropriate, these could be provided to members of the media who are attending the proceedings.
~ This would help the media with the accuracy of their references to such court documents. And it would help the Courts to better serve the media’s time-sensitive needs.
~ Thank you for your co-operation.

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Cases You Need Not Copy For The NSSC-FD:
~ The Family Division of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court sitting in Halifax has compiled a list of cases that need NOT be provided to the Court. This does not currently apply at the Family Division of the Supreme Court sitting in Sydney.
~ Click on this link to see or download the list: << Cases You Need Not Copy >>

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NSPC-Halifax Designates Courtroom #6 for Long Trial Matters (March, 2009):
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ourtroom #6 (CR#6) at the Provincial Court building on Spring Garden Road in Halifax will be hearing cases for Halifax and long trial matters for Halifax. Four months a year CR#6 will be dedicated to Youth Court matters. << see details >>
<< Current Intake Schedule >>

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Policy On Use of Electronic Devices in Courthouses:
~ Click here to view << The Policy >>

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Release of Court Decisions:
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Only members of the news media are eligible to receive decisions via e-mail.
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All others are directed to the "Recent Decisions" web page. It is updated daily and contains links to Court decisions released during the most recent several weeks. Earlier decisions can be found on the Courts' searchable Decisions Database.

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Notices of Applications For Publication Bans:
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This service has been developed by the Media-Courts Liaison Committee of Nova Scotia in an effort to comply with notice requirements for publication bans and other similar Court orders.
~ It is only a way of notifying the media that you have applied for a ban or similar order. It is not a substitute for the usual rules for motions in Part 6 of the Civil Procedure Rules.  See also Rule 85 – Access to Court Records – which governs motions for confidentiality orders.  Unless otherwise directed by the Court, a Notice of Motion, supporting Affidavit, brief, and draft Order must be filed.

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has a Practice Directive regarding applications for publication bans and other such orders.
See: NSCA Practice Directive Re: Publication Bans

For a detailed explanation of this service and instructions on how to use it, click here: How To - Publication Ban Notification Service

To complete a form that will notify the media that you have applied for a publication ban or similar order, click here << Notice Form >>.

To automatically receive notices of applications for publication bans you need to subscribe by contacting the Courts communications director .

Phone: (902) 424-6018

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CD Copies of Audio Recordings of Court Proceedings:
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The Courts of Nova Scotia provide copies of the audio recordings of Court proceedings on either audio cassette tapes or CDs. No text transcripts are made availalble. However, there are several commercial transcription services in the Province.
~ To order a copy of the audio recordings of any Court proceedings:

Click here to << FILL OUT THE FORM ON YOUR COMPUTER >>
Then print the completed form, sign it, and fax or deliver it to the courthouse in which the case was heard. To save as an electronic file, convert the competed form to a PDF document (requires Adobe Acrobat Pro software).

OR

Click here to << PRINT AND FILL OUT THE FORM MANUALLY >>
Then sign the completed form and fax or deliver it to the courthouse in which the case was heard.

~ For contact information for Nova Scotia courthouses click here: << Courthouse Locations >>

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SCC Cases You Need Not Copy For NSCA:
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The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has compiled a list of 19 Supreme Court of Canada cases that may be referred to in facta but need NOT be included in the Book of Authorities.
~ To see or download the list, click here:

<< SCC CASES THAT MAY BE REFERRED TO IN FACTA >>

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Workers' Comp. Cases You Need Not Copy For NSCA:
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The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has compiled internal binders of workers' compensation cases that may be referred to in facta but need NOT be included in the Book of Authorities.
Click on links below to see or download the list (in chronological and alphabetical lists).

<< WCAT cases - chronological - binders >>

<< WCAT cases- alphabetical- binders >>

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New Civil Procedure Rules:
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The new Civil Procedure Rules govern proceedings in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, including the Family Division of the Supreme Court. The Civil Procedure Rules have been made by the Judges of the Supreme and Appeal Courts under the authority of the Judicature Act. They are now availalbe on this website.
R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 240, s. 46. [see Practice Memoranda]

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Notification of the Settlement or Adjournment of Cases:
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In all instances, when a case has settled or the parties have agreed to request an adjournment, the Court should be notified immediately. If such occurs after regular business hours on an evening or week-end before the case is to commence, please notify the Judge assigned to the case through the Commissionaire at 902-424-8988.

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Consolidation of Prothontary’s Hints and Tips:
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A consolidated index of topics refered to in the Prothonotary’s Hints and Tips for the five year period from December 13, 2002 to December 31, 2007. This is meant to be an aid in searching the Hints and Tips for various treaties on various topics: << Consolidated Index >>
~ To view the Prothonotary's most recent Hints & Tips, go back to the main " Notices" page:
<< Notices To The Bar >>