Going to Court involves appearing before a judge, presenting a problem in order to obtain a solution. Watch this video for a quick introduction to advocacy:

Self Advocacy 101 - Introduction


Which court?

The Judge will decide what to do about your problem.  Your first task is to find the right court for the job.  There are judges and courts that deal with family relationship breakdowns, and others may deal with bankruptcies, estate matters or lawsuits involving claims of less than twenty-five thousand dollars.  To find out which court to choose and how that court works, go to the Nova Scotia Courts website, which has information about all the different courts.

Once you have the right Court, you can begin to look at what you will need to get your problem heard.


While we provide legal information, only you can determine what the issues you are presenting to the Court are.  You are the most qualified person to explain the facts of your case.  Most facts, while unique, can be organized as recognized legal issues.  Visit the Legal Issues part of this site to find out where your facts fit in. 


Every set of facts is unique, yours is no different.  To help you narrow your focus,  use the following  resources by clicking on each link below:

          1   Legal Research Tools

          2   Video and Audio Series

          3  Preparing to Meet a Lawyer

          4  Free Advice Clinic


When you are ready to draft your claim always follow the golden rule:  Keep It Simple.   Tell the Court in as few words as needed to explain who you are, the facts that bring you the court, the law you have researched and what you want.

The following additional resources can assist:

1.  Self Advocacy Guide

2.  Plain Writing Tips

Now you are ready to Go to Court