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Jennifer and Justin, two past volunteers at the Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts.

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FREE LEGAL CLINIC AT THE HALIFAX LAW COURTS >>
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FREE LEGAL CLINIC AT THE SYDNEY COURTHOUSE >>
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WORKBOOK FOR SELF-REPRESENTED LITIGANTS IN FAMILY LAW MATTERS >>

 


What can the volunteer lawyers at the clinic do for me?

Lawyers at the Free Legal Clinic CAN:
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Provide you with general information on the Civil Procedure Rules and courtroom etiquette
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Coach you on how to complete court forms
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Coach you to be able to identify legal issues
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Coach you to identify strengths and weaknesses in your case
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Provide basic legal advice based on the information you provide
   
Lawyers at Free Legal Clinic SOMETIMES CAN:
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Help you draft court forms or other documents
 
Lawyers at the Free Legal Clinic CANNOT:
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Commission or notarize documents for you
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Assist you with legal problems that are unrelated to services the Free legal Clinic offers
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Serve or accept service of court documents for you
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Predict decisions judges will make
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Take responsibility for the information in any court forms or documents you prepare
   

Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts

The Free Legal Clinic in Halifax provides legal information and advice for people representing themselves on civil law matters before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court or the Court of Appeal. It does not deal with matters of criminal law.

The clinic also deals with family law matters going before the Court of Appeal, with the exception of child protection appeals. Family law matters going before the Supreme Court - Family Division do not qualify. Similar legal support for these family matters is provided by Nova Scotia Legal Aid.

Where is the clinic located?

The clinic is on the main level (2nd Floor) of the Law Courts building, located at 1815 Upper Water St., across from the foot of Duke Street. The clinic area and the Court Administration Office are to the left of the main entrance. Follow the signs posted in the lobby or ask at the reception desk, to the right of the main entrance.

The main entrance on the 2nd Floor is accessible only by stairs at the front and back of the building. Visitors with mobility issues or those requiring wheelchair access should enter from the underground parking garage. The entrance is at street level, at the corner of Upper Water and Duke streets.

 

The Free Legal Clinic
in Halifax needs you!

Are you a lawyer or law student looking to give back and help improve access to justice? Volunteers are needed for the 2017 fall term. The Halifax clinic is open the following dates:

September 21 & 28
October 5, 12, 19 & 26
November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

To volunteer, contact Meaghan Gillis, Office Coordinator, Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary, at
902-424-3690 or by email at
Meaghan.Gillis@courts.ns.ca

When is the clinic open?

The Free Legal Clinic in Halifax is open most Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., excluding holidays. During those hours, two volunteer practicing lawyers and two law students are available, by appointment. Each session lasts one hour. For additional time, you must book another appointment.

 

No Income Requirement to Qualify

How much money you make has nothing to do with whether you qualify for this free service. If you are self-represented and your case meets the criteria noted above, you are eligible for assistance.

The Free Legal Clinic is is not a walk-in clinic. Applications must be filled out and appointments made in advance. Priority will be given to those whose scheduled court appearances are imminent.

 

How do I make an appointment?

If you feel your situation may qualify you for help from the Free Legal Clinic, you should make an appointment as early in the court process as possible. Appointments can be made in person at the Court Administration Office at the Law Courts at 1815 Upper Water St., Halifax. Simply ask for the Prothonotary of the Supreme Court or the Registrar of the Cour of Appeal, depending on which Court your matter is in.

Appointments can also be made by phone:

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Call 902-424-3690 for Supreme Court matters
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Call 902-424-6937 for Court of Appeal matters
   

All applicants must print and fill out the following two forms in advance of making an appointment:

Form used to sign up for an appointment: CLINIC INFORMATION FORM >>

Form setting out Lawyer/Client relationship: CLINIC LAWYER/CLIENT FORM >>


Free Legal Clinic at the Sydney Courthouse

The Free Legal Clinic in Sydney needs you!

Are you a lawyer or university student in the Sydney area looking to give back to the community and help improve access to justice? Volunteers are needed for the Free Legal Clinic in Sydney!

To volunteer, contact Nancy Orkish, Court Administrator at the Sydney courthouse, at 902-563-3381 or by email at Nancy.Orkish@novascotia.ca

The Free Legal Clinic in Sydney provides legal information and advice for people representing themselves on civil law matters before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court or the Court of Appeal. It does not deal with matters of criminal law or family law in either Court. Duty Counsel through Nova Scotia Legal Aid is available in most courthouses for criminal and family law matters.

Where is the clinic located?

The clinic is on the 1st floor of the Sydney courthouse at 136 Charlotte St. Follow the signs in the lobby or ask at the reception desk to the right of the main entrance.

When is the clinic open?

The clinic offers appointments at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on most Fridays. Based on the initial response, the clinic will consider offering additional appointment times in the future.

The Free Legal Clinic is is not a walk-in clinic. Applications must be filled out and appointments made in advance. Priority will be given to those whose scheduled court appearances are imminent.


How do I make an appointment?

If you feel your situation may qualify you for help from the Free Legal Clinic, you should make an appointment as early in the court process as possible. Appointments can be arranged in person at the Court Administration office at the Sydney courthouse. Appointments can also be made by phone by calling 902-563-3550.

All applicants must print and fill out the following two forms in advance of making an appointment:

Form used to sign up for an appointment: CLINIC INFORMATION FORM >>

Form setting out Lawyer/Client relationship: CLINIC LAWYER/CLIENT FORM >>


"Going to Court: Self-Represented Parties in Family Law Matters"  - A Workbook

If you are planning to take advantage of the services offered by the Free Legal Clinic, this workbook may help you prepare for your appointment. It is intended to help people prepare and present their cases in court. But it may also be useful in preparing for your visit to the Clinic.
"GOING TO COURT" WORKBOOK >>

It contains information about:
~ getting legal advice
~ proving your case
~ what the court hearing process is like
~ what happens at the end of the court hearing

It also contains WORKSHEETS AND CHECKLISTS >>

The workbook was developed as a collaborative effort between the Nova Scotia Judiciary, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice Court Services Division, and Nova Scotia Legal Aid. It is found on the NOVA SCOTIA FAMILY LAW WEBSITE >>

The Nova Scotia Access To Justice Coordinating Committee wishes to thank the volunteer lawyers, their law firms, and the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University for their enthusiasm and support of this important initiative.
 
The Committee notes that the Province’s legal professionals already devote a significant amount of their work hours to providing free legal services to disadvantaged Nova Scotians. Without this additional effort, the Free Legal Clinic would not exist.