Current Projects

Projects are a vital way for LISNS to secure funding to address specific legal issues or to reach specific sectors of the population.

Over the years we’ve undertaken a variety of legal information projects:

  • Projects on specific issues such as youth justice, elder law, the environment, domestic, divorce, child support, criminal;
  • Projects focused on specific target groups such as youth, seniors, newcomers to Canada, not-for-profits, charities, women, the Black community and persons with mental health issues;
  • We have also undertaken research projects to identify needs or barriers to accessing the justice system.

Learn more about our current projects, and some of our past projects, below.

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is currently working on a two year (2017-2019) "Public Legal Education in Nova Scotia" (PLENS) project, funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) Access to Justice Fund. 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.

Key goals of this project are to help self-represented individuals:

  • understand their issue(s) and options
  • gain confidence with making a decision for conflict resolution
  • be satisfied with the process
  • less frequently using formal court processes if appropriate
  • have proper documentation where proceeding with court-based action.

The "Raising awareness of consent laws and privacy issues among youth" project was funded by the government of Nova Scotia, as part of its "Acting together on Sexual Violence/Bullying Initiative".

This 10-month project developed two brochures, a poster, and bookmarks in eight languages and an awareness campaign.

It was funded by the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration. Click here to see these resources.

This two year project built on our previous project Safely on Your Way – child custody and access information for women leaving an abusive relationship.  The project sought to raise awareness among front-line workers about the issue of post separation abuse within the context of custody and access, its impact on women and children, and what they can do to better support families in this situation.   We developed and delivered workshops, and an on-line educational tool.  Click here to view the online education tool.

The project was funded by Justice Canada.