The Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia

The Civil Procedure Rules of Nova Scotia govern proceedings in the province's Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. They are made and amended by the Judges of those Courts under the authority of the Judicature Act

The current version of the Civil Procedure Rules was developed by the Judges of the two Courts on June 6, 2008. Part 13 - Family Proceedings, was completed in April 2010. These rules went into effect on Jan. 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010, ( Part 13 - Family Proceedings), except as provided in Part 19 - Transition, Rule 92. The earlier version of the Rules dated back to 1972. 

Official Consolidated Civil Procedure Rules (Nov. 30, 2022)

Unofficial Searchable Indexed Civil Procedure Rules on Qweri

Les règles de procédure en français

Court of Appeal Practice Directives

Supreme Court Practice Memorandums (English & French)

Provincial Court

The Provincial Court Rules govern all applications and proceedings in the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia. These Rules came into effect on Jan. 1, 2013. The Provincial Court also has Practice Directives, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2015. The Provincial Court Rules and Forms, as well as its Practice Directives, are all developed and maintained by the Judges. 



Probate Court, Bankruptcy Court and Small Claims Court

The Probate Court, Bankruptcy Court and Small Claims Court in Nova Scotia are governed by provincial legislation and regulations. Visit the respective pages for these Courts for more information.