What is LISNS?
Easy Access to Law Information for all Nova Scotians
The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is a charitable organization providing Nova Scotians with information and resources about the law since 1982.
If you think about it, laws in some way regulate almost everything we do, the food we buy, the clothes we wear, and how and where we drive. But as with many things, we rarely think about laws until something goes wrong. We are stopped for speeding, our marriage breaks up, or our child gets into trouble.
At Legal Info Nova Scotia, we believe Nova Scotians have a right and responsibility to learn about the laws that affect them. And to do this, Nova Scotians must have access to these laws and easy to understand information.
Essentially, we believe providing easy access to law information is fundamental to a fair justice system.
LISNS has a community-based Board of Directors and 3 full-time staff. Core funding is provided by the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia, the Department of Justice Canada, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, and by support from the community through fundraising activities.
That the citizens of Nova Scotia understand and are able to act on their rights and responsibilities in accordance with the law.
LISNS will enable Nova Scotians to:
- Have access to legal information
- Solve legal problems with informed choices
- Act on their rights and responsibilities.
Public Legal Education in Canada
The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia is part of a national association of public legal education and information organizations in Canada. Our Executive Director, Heather de Berdt Romilly, is current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Public Legal Education Association of Canada (PLEAC).
Founded in 1987, PLEAC supports communication and cooperation among individuals and groups interested in public legal education, encourages the development of knowledge and skills in this field, and acts as a national voice and advocate on issues that concern PLEAC members.
You can find a list of Public Legal Education Organizations in other provinces here.