New project on the go!
The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is proud to announce that it has been awarded funding, in the amount of $100,000, from the Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) Access to Justice Fund to undertake a two year 'Public Legal Education in Nova Scotia (PLENS) Project' to improve access to justice for Nova Scotians. This is an important initiative which will permit LISNS to strategically deliver legal information to the people of Nova Scotia in an effective and efficient manner while still providing important personal service.
Heather de Berdt Romilly, LISNS Executive Director, observes, “This funding validates the importance of LISNS’ work and demonstrates the confidence which such an important funder such as LFO has in LISNS’ ability to deliver a strong return on the investment”.
This funding in no way replaces LISNS core funding. We remain grateful for the continuing strong support expressed through stable funding from the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia, Federal Department of Justice and Nova Scotia Government. However, core funding has not kept pace with the increased cost of delivering services and LISNS continues to examine new opportunities for doing more with less and attracting partners whose investment aligns with LISNS service delivery.
We are proud to have our innovation in service delivery through the Public Navigator Program recognized by NS Minister of Justice Whalen in the Nova Scotia Legislature this past Fall 2016 and we look forward to continuing to deliver innovation in public legal information to Nova Scotians through this LFO funded project.
The overarching goal of the PLENS Project is to create a solid infrastructure that will ensure the long-term sustainability of free, easy access to clear language legal information for Nova Scotians, facilitating access in complementary ways – by telephone, online and in-person. LISNS and L'Association des juristes d'expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE) will work together on some key parts of this project to create shared resources and to coordinate legal information service delivery between our respective organizations so that we can limit duplication, offer a continuum of service options and work to ensure that legal information services are more readily available in English and French in order to better serve all Nova Scotians.
LISNS and AJEFNE offices are located at the Accès Justice Access Centre at 1663 Brunswick Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.