content is legal information that helps people in Nova Scotia understand and act on their legal rights and responsibilities.

Content includes:

  • Common Questions, with answers and practical next steps
  • Links to Resources, including external resources, where appropriate
  • Links to Services, including external services, where appropriate
  • Information about the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia
  • Social media postings

Content we include

We include the following types of content:

  • Content that explains the legal rights of people in Nova Scotia. The primary purpose of is to provide questions and answers that give accurate, up-to-date information about the steps people can take to understand and resolve common legal problems.
  • legal information about the laws that apply to residents of Nova Scotia. This includes the laws of Nova Scotia and federal (Canadian government) laws that apply to people in Nova Scotia.
  • links to legal information resources developed by other organizations that we believe will be helpful for people taking steps to resolve legal problems. Because we did not produce these resources, LISNS takes no responsibility for the accuracy of this information.
  • Content that refers to government, community and legal organizations who may be able to provide further assistance to people who are trying to understand or protect their legal rights.

Content we don't include

We don't include the following types of content:

  • Content that is selling a product or services. We may link to legal content (such as resources) from companies selling products only if no other information is available. For example, a private company might produce the only plain-language resource available on a certain legal topic. When linking to services or agencies that might provide assistance, we will try wherever possible to suggest services that are free and otherwise try to suggest directories or umbrella associations of professional services so as not to be seen as recommending a particular service for example.
  • Content that is discriminatory or oppressive. We will not include content that: is discriminatory, oppressive, or partisan, has ideas that
    could hurt individuals or groups, spreads hatred, or promotes a particular religious point of view.
  • Content that is defamatory, obscene, or threatening. We will not include content that is defamatory, abusive, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, profane, or threatening, or if it invades a person's privacy.
  • Content produced by people or organizations that have complaints against them. We do not knowingly include content from sources that have complaints against them with a regulatory body or organization, such as the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

Other reasons why content won't be included:
We may also remove or not include content that is associated with criminal activities, fraud, or misrepresentation.

Reliability of content

If we find out that content is not legally accurate, we will decide whether to remove it from the site and make every effort to update it or revise it as soon as possible.
Posting news articles and/or links to third-party websites does not constitute an affiliation with or endorsement by LISNS.

Legal accuracy

Content is general legal information for people in Nova Scotia, or who have a legal issue connected to Nova Scotia. It is not intended to be used as legal advice for a specific legal problem.
The date at the bottom of each page shows when the content was last reviewed. While we make every effort to ensure that the content is accurate and up-to-date, laws and regulations change from time to time. If you are reading the content after the date of the page, it may not be legally accurate.

We link to resources we believe are reliable, but we do not guarantee that the information is accurate, timely, or complete.

Social media policy

We use social media channels to promote the content we post to the website. As with all content we post, we post content to social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook on topics and issues that will help Nova Scotians understand and exercise their legal rights.
Social media tools and websites encourage users to engage with and share content they find interesting and we are pleased to see our content shared and commented on widely.
Should users have questions or comments specific to an individual legal problem, we do not respond to these requests through social media but redirect users to our Contact Us page.
We recognize the web is a 24/7 medium, and comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage our limited staff resources, we generally only monitor comments and postings during regular business hours.

Once posted, LISNS reserves the right to delete submissions or comments that contain:

  • Vulgar language
  • Personal attacks of any kind
  • Comments or content that promotes, fosters, or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, genetics, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or intellectual disability, sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Spam or links to other sites
  • Clearly off topic
  • Advocate illegal activity
  • Promote particular services, products, or political organizations
  • Infringe on copyrights or trademarks
  • Personally identifiable medical, legal or otherwise private information

Information that may compromise the safety, security or proceedings of public systems or any criminal or civil investigations.

If there are repeated violations, then LISNS will ban participation on platforms that permit organizations to block or ban users.

Questions or comments about this policy

If you have any questions or comments about this policy, please send us a message through our Contact us page.
Please note that the comments expressed on the LISNS website or the social media channels we use to promote LISNS do not reflect the opinions and position of LISNS, its officers and employees, or its funders. If you have any concerns about the operation of this website, please contact LISNS.