If you require the services of a lawyer, be sure to research your options carefully. It may be helpful to ask friends, family, or coworkers for a referral. Lawyers are listed alphabetically and by area of practice (such as Immigration, Divorce, etc.) in the telephone directory Yellow Pages. You can also find a lawyer by visiting www.canadalegal.info.
If you cannot afford a lawyer, free legal assistance is available. This service is called Legal Aid. Refer to the telephone directory for the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission office nearest you. If you are unable to locate an office near you, contact the commission here:
Office of the Executive Director
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
102-137 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, NS B3S 1B3
(902) 420-6578 or toll-free 1-877-420-6578
(902) 420-3471 Fax
For a fee, you can represent yourself in small claims cases where less than $10,000 is involved. For example, you might have trouble collecting a debt or perhaps you’ve had unsatisfactory work on your car. To learn about representing yourself, and to obtain the necessary paperwork, visit www.courts.ns.ca/self_rep/self_rep.htm.
Nova Scotia’s laws prohibit discrimination. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protect your rights. If you believe you have experienced discrimination in the workplace, you may contact the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission at www.gov.ns.ca/humanrights.