What is LISNS?

Easy Access to Information about the law, 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, our rights at work and play, how we get around, our health and well being, and our environment. But as with many things, we rarely think about laws until something goes wrong. We are stopped by the police, our marriage breaks up, our child gets into trouble, we fall ill, get a new job, or get into a dispute with our neighbour.

At the Legal Information Society of 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 to easy to understand information.

We believe providing easy access to legal information is fundamental to a fair justice system.

LISNS has a community-based volunteer Board of Directors and a small team of dedicated 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 private donations.

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia is access to justice in action.

LISNS provides legal information, resources and referral options in traditional and innovative ways to enable Nova Scotians to understand their legal rights and responsibilities.

LISNS empowers Nova Scotians to identify, prevent and solve legal issues.

You will find LISNS Annual Reports here.

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 is on 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.

Acknowledging the Land

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia recognizes that it is situated on Mi’kmaq’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship,” which Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqyik, and Passamaquoddy signed with the British Crown in 1726. The Treaties recognized Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqyik, and Passamaquoddy title to the land and established rules for an ongoing relationship between nations. 

 We are all treaty people.