Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS)

As the regulator of Nova Scotia’s legal profession, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS) exists to uphold and protect the public interest in the practice of law.  The Society regulates Nova Scotia’s legal profession. The privilege of profession-led regulation is granted through Nova Scotia’s Legal Professional Act (LPA).

We fulfill our public interest mandate by ensuring that lawyers deliver competent and ethical legal services in accordance with the standards set for legal professionals.

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS):

  • Accredits articling clerks and lawyers through a rigorous admissions and licensing process;
  • Establishes ethical standards through our Code of Professional Conduct;
  • Ensures the professional responsibility of lawyers, including by receiving and investigating complaints concerning lawyers’ quality of service and allegations of professional misconduct;
  • Sets practice standards and competency requirements for lawyers;
  • Strives to improve the administration of justice – we work with the Courts, government departments and justice system participants and facilitate dialogue and cooperation to help improve all aspects of the justice system for Nova Scotians.

Our Mission

We regulate the legal profession in the public interest in a manner that is proactive, inclusive and supportive so our members deliver competent and ethical legal services.

Our Vision

Acting in the public interest, we provide leadership, value and support to a competent, ethical, inclusive and engaged legal profession.

Annual Report

The Society’s Annual Report, published every June, provides highlights of the past year including a report from our President and Executive Director. The Annual Report includes financial statements for the fiscal year-end (April 30).

Find our 2020 Annual Report and other reports from previous years online at

Current Opportunities

  • Executive Director

    Posted: May 3, 2021
    Deadline to Apply:Competition Open until position filled

    Reporting to the Council and working closely with the President of the NSBS, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the management and coordination of the Society’s operations, finances, organizational structure, and governance through a proactive, principled, and proportionate approach to all aspects of regulation.