The Canadian Bar Association - Nova Scotia is the voice of the legal profession in Nova Scotia, representing lawyers, judges, law teachers and law students throughout the province. The CBA plays a vital role in advancing the interests of its members by providing balanced and reasoned responses to many issues with which government and the legal profession is faced.
The goals of CBA Nova Scotia include:
- To represent and promote the interests of the legal profession in Nova Scotia on a Provincial and National level.
- To improve and promote the well-being, knowledge, skills and ethical standards of members of the legal profession.
- To provide relevant and quality services and benefits to our members.
- To advance and improve the law and administration of justice.
- To improve and promote access to justice.
2014 Mid-Winter Conference and Bench and Bar Dinner
SAVE THE DATES!
February 6th and 7th, 2014World Trade & Convention Centre
Join with your colleagues to hear from experts and leaders in the legal world at this signature event of the year, which can also provide you with 12 CPD hours. In addition we will be proud to host a Bench and Bar Dinner on Thursday, February 6th, also taking place at the World Trade & Convention Centre, with special guest speaker The Honourable Peter MacKay, PC, QC, MP, Minister of Justice and Attorney General. Entertainment will be provided by David Myles. Watch for registration details coming soon!
December 13, 2013
- Online CLE - Taking Instruction: Competency of Lawyers and Clients
Presented by Jeanne Desveaux and Aileen McGinty.
This session will provide an overview of the skill set that we can develop as practitioners to meet the needs of challenging clients who present with a diagnosis of cognitive impairment or who we suspect may be cognitively impaired. Additionally we will discuss the limitations we have as lawyers as and how best to avoid the red flag areas.
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Nova Scotia Court of Appeal Introduces a Mediation Program
The Nov. 25th Joint Section Meeting with Insurance Law Section and Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Section will be re-scheduled.
December 11, 2013 - General Practice, Solo & Small Firm
Section Meeting, Cox & Palmer, Upper Water Street, 12:30 PM.
December 11, 2013 - Civil Litigation/ADR
Section Meeting, BoyneClarke LLP, Alderney Dr, Dartmouth, 8:30 AM.
December 12, 2013 - Joint Section Meeting - Real Property Section and Municipal Law Section
, HRM Legal Services, Duke Street, 12:00 PM.
December 17, 2013 - Young Lawyers Section Breakfast Meeting
, McInnes Cooper, Upper Water St., 8:30 AM.
December 17, 2013 - Wills, Estates & Trusts Law Section Holiday Reception
, Cox & Palmer, Upper Water Street, 4:30 PM.
December 17, 2013 - Citizenship & Immigration Law Holiday Social
, Gio, The Prince George Hotel, Market St., 5:00 PM.
December 18, 2013 - Construction Law Section Breakfast Meeting
, Stewart McKelvey, Upper Water St., 8:00 AM.
December 18, 2013 - SOGIC Section Holiday Social
, The Auction House, Argyle Street St., 5:30 PM.
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has introduced a new program that offers parties judicial mediation in the hopes of resolving their dispute without a formal Court appeal hearing. The Court hopes this mediation program, which is modelled after appellate mediation programs in five other provinces, will assist the public in resolving their disputes in an efficient and cost effective manner.
Who can use the Court’s mediation process?
The Court believes that this mediation program would be particularly helpful in cases where the parties will have a continuing relationship even after the litigation is over, such as the family, estate or the private corporation context.
The mediation program may also be of interest where the appeal deals with a discrete issue in the litigation, for example a trial judge’s finding on liability where quantum has not yet been assessed. If that liability finding is appealed, the mediation program would allow the parties to resolve all of the issues in the litigation.
The mediation program is not available for criminal cases, cases raising constitutional issues and any case where there are allegations of domestic violence.
Details of the mediation program
The mediation program requires the consent of all parties to an appeal. Once the parties request the mediation process, any filing deadlines and other appeal requirements will be suspended.
As in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, the program will be free, confidential and on a without prejudice basis. If the mediation process does not result in a settlement, the presiding mediation judge will not be on the panel that ultimately hears the appeal.
Role of the Canadian Bar Association
In implementing this mediation program, the Court of Appeal has teamed up with the Canadian Bar Association–Nova Scotia branch. The CBA has created a list of lawyers interested in representing self represented litigants on a pro bono basis during the mediation process. Lawyers interested in putting their name on this list are asked to contact Tina Tucker at email@example.com.
More information available
Anyone interested in reading more about the mediation program can visit the Court of Appeal website:
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