LISNS pro bono Objectives and Principles
LISNS pro bono Objectives
- To help Nova Scotians find pro bono services for their legal problem
- To create various ways for Nova Scotians to gain access to legal pro bono services
- To partner with organizations already providing pro bono legal services throughout Nova Scotia
- To educate the Nova Scotia legal community about pro bono opportunities and their benefits
- To engage and provide opportunities for the legal community in Nova Scotia to participate in delivering pro bono services
- To raise general public awareness about pro bono legal services
LISNS pro bono Principles
1. Providing pro bono legal services is part of the tradition of the Nova Scotia Bar, where the profession has demonstrated its ethical and moral responsibility to assist citizens in attaining access to justice
2. Pro bono legal services are provided to people and non-profit organizations of limited means without expectation of a fee.
3. Pro bono legal services should be designed and provided according to the changing social and legal needs of the people and non-profit organizations of limited means for whom they are intended
4. Pro bono legal services should be provided according to the same standards of dedication, excellence, and professional ethics as paid services.
5. Pro bono legal services should serve to complement and not replace government-funded programs advancing access to justice; such as Nova Scotia Legal Aid. A collaborative pro bono system should not be a substitute for a properly funded legal aid system.