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.
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March 11, 2014 - Taxation Law Section Meeting, McInnes Cooper, 12 NOON.
March 5, 2014 - Canadian Corporate Counsel Section Meeting, Stewart McKelvey, 12 NOON.
March 6, 2014 - Labour & Employment Law Section Meeting, Pink Larkin, 12 NOON.
March 20, 2014 -Women's Forum Section Meeting, McInnes Cooper, 12 NOON.
March 19, 2014 - Family Law Section Meeting, The Prince George, 5:30 PM.
March 20, 2014 - Citizenship & Immigration Section Meeting, Cox & Palmer, 12 NOON.
Topic: Health Privacy Act
Speakers: Karen Bennett-Clayton,Stewart McKelvey
Date: Friday, March 14, 2014
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
June 2013, Nova Scotia’s new health privacy legislation - the Personal Health Information Act (“PHIA”) – came into force. This presentation will address who is affected by PHIA, the types of consent required, as well as the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information under PHIA. Access to personal health information and offences and penalties for breach of privacy under PHIA will also be discussed.
Karen Bennett-Clayton is a partner with Stewart McKelvey and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2001. Karen received her Bachelor of Arts in 1991 from Dalhousie University. She was awarded her LL.B. (first class honours) in 1999 from Brunel University, in London, England and received the University Medal for the highest standing in her graduating class. Karen’s practice focuses on health law, professional liability, media law, and insurance. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Medical-Legal Society and the Canadian Media Lawyers Association. Karen sits on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House Atlantic.
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Nova Scotia Court of Appeal Introduces a Mediation Program
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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