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Nova Scotia's minimum wage has increased! Effective April 1, 2014 minimum wage is $10.40 an hour for experienced workers, and $9.90 an hour for workers who have less than three months of experience.  The minimum wage applies to a work week of 48 hours or less.…


2LISNS Spotlight
heather3 The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia's Board, staff and volunteers are pleased to warmly welcome our new Executive Director, Heather de Berdt Romilly. Read on to find out about Heather's exciting vision for LISNS, and for enhancing access to legal information in Nova Scotia.…


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April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month. Take this opportunity to learn about preventing sexual violence, share information about resources to support victims and their families, and to hear their voices.…


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ALH2 Do you need legal help but don't think you can afford a lawyer ?  Accessing the justice system can be daunting for many Nova Scotians for many reasons but there is one principle reason: COST.…


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Post-Separation-Abuse While we may like to think that domestic violence ends when relationships end, for many women the reality is quite different. In fact, it may increase. Post-separation is a precarious and sometimes dangerous time, and women and their children often need support and help to ensure their safety. T…



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ACCESS LEGAL HELP NS WILL BE CELEBRATING ITS PUBLIC LAUNCH ON MAY 2, 2014 AT THE DARTMOUTH NORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY AT 10:30 A.M. with Justice Michael J. Wood of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia as the featured speaker! Additional speakers include LISNS staff and volunteer lawyers

A FREE legal information session on Debtor/Creditor law will be held at 12:00 p.m.

RSVP to lisns@legalinfo.org if you want to find out how you can receive FREE basic legal advice and general information about the program.

Light refreshments will be provided.

If you need legal information - see "I have a legal question" for general information, or call the Legal Information Line for more specific info.


The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (or LISNS) is a charitable, not-for-profit organization. We have been providing Nova Scotians with easy to understand information and resources about the law for over 30 years.

LISNS' staff and volunteers believe easy access to information about the law is fundamental to a fair justice system. Quite simply, it's why and what we do!

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