Legal Information & Services
Know Your Rights
Navigating the legal system can be hard. What you do, or do not do, is up to you.
- You never have to report to anyone if you don’t want to.
- You can still use any resource and have the right to stop using them at any point you want. The only exception to this is if you are under the age of 16 and are assaulted or under the age of 19 and the perpetrator is in a position of power, in which people are legally obligated to inform police or Child Protection Services.
- You can seek medical treatment and not report to the police.
- You can seek no contact orders or file a complaint on campus and not report to police.
- What resources you choose to use and how you use them are up to you. You have the power and only you can decide what you want to do.
It is important to note that disclosing an experience of sexual violence is when you tell someone about the experience, but do not necessarily want action take against the perpetrator. Reporting takes place when you tell someone about your experience and request action taken against the perpetrator.
The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service has created a guide that outlines the court process that a sexual assault case may take. The guide can be found here.
Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia
- 5523 B Young Street, Halifax NS B3K 1Z7
- General Inquiries: 902-455-3135
- Legal Information & Lawyer Referral Line: 1-800-665-9779
- Dial-A-Law*: 902-420-1888
LISNS offers recorded messages on various legal topics.
“LISNS is the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia. We are a charitable organization that has been operating for 30 years. Our mission is to enable Nova Scotians to have access to legal information, solve legal problems with informed choices, act on their rights and responsibilities. Our vision is that citizens of Nova Scotia understand and are able to act on their rights and responsibilities in accordance with the law.”
Dalhousie Legal Aid Services
- 2209 Gottingen Street, Halifax NS B3K 3B5
Dalhousie Legal Aid Service is a community-based office in the north-central neighbourhood of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It also is a clinical program for law students and is operated by the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Our funding is provided by Dalhousie Law School, the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission, the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia and clinic alumni, friends of Dalhousie Legal Aid Service and special events. Dalhousie Legal Aid has a three-part mandate:
- To provide legal aid services for persons who would not otherwise be able to obtain legal advice for assistance;
- To conduct research, provide information, make recommendations, and engage in programs relating to legal aid and law reform in the Province of Nova Scotia;
- To provide an educational experience in the solution of legal problems for students enrolled in the Faculty of Law of Dalhousie University who participate in the work of the service.
Nova Scotia Legal Aid
- 2830 Agricola St
- toll free 1-866-420-3450
- Adult Criminal Law
- toll free 1-877-777-6583
- HRM Youth and Duty Counsel
- Nova Scotia Supreme Court Family Division: Duty Counsel
“We provide legal representation primarily in criminal and family law cases. Financial, service coverage, and merit qualifications must be met. More information on services provided can be found at: http://www.nslegalaid.ca/provided.php. “
L’Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse
Information sur les avocats et juristes de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui travaillent en
français. Inclut aussi un lexique juridique en français.
Family Law Nova Scotia
- Call 902-424-5232
- 902-424-5616 to make an appointment with a Summary Advice Lawyer
This website offers information relating to the law, processes, and services that make up family law in Nova Scotia. This website will help you understand your family law issue and will provide the tools to allow you to navigate the options available to help solve your problem.
Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network
The Mi'kmaw Legal Support Network (MLSN) is the umbrella operation from which culturally appropriate, justice related projects and programs are developed and implemented. The administration of MLSN is operated through The CMM with staff in Millbrook, Halifax and Eskasoni. MLSN services are available to all Aboriginal people residing in Nova Scotia.
Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia
- 2352 Gottingen Street, Halifax NS
- Holly House: 1 Tulip Drive, Dartmouth
- Outreach Worker: 902-446-4592
- Financial Coordinator: 902-446-3974
- Housing Applications: 902-454-5041 ext. 24
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia was formed by a group of concerned citizens who realized the need to work with, and on behalf of women in conflict with the law. These citizens also identified the need to raise public awareness on related issues. They were interested in how the Nova Scotia criminal justice system depicted, and treated women.
Our Mission Is to respond to the needs of women in prison; develop community services and supports for women who have been charged with offences or are at risk of coming into conflict with the law; improve the quality of life for the children by assisting the mother in overcoming barriers to meeting societal expectations; raise public awareness by publicizing issues of women and the law; lobby for improved penal facilities for women; lobby for changes in criminal justice.
Department of Victim Services:
- 277 Pleasant Street, 3rd Floor, Dartmouth
Victim Services has four Regional Offices and operates four core programs. Victim Services also provides expertise and policy advice and develops special initiatives in response to the needs and concerns of victims of crime.