Access to Justice Award

This annual award will recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions to improving access to justice for Nova Scotians who face social and economic barriers. This award is one of six CBANS awards, honouring colleagues or organizations who demonstrate excellence and commitment to the law, the legal profession, and the community at large.


Individuals and organizations all across the province’s justice sector, including:

Individuals: lawyers, law students, judges, law professors

Law-related organizations: legal clinics, law firms, legal departments, legal services providers

Non-legal organizations: schools, colleges, universities, community committees/groups

And advocacy organizations and special interest groups active in the legal and justice system.


Candidates demonstrate some or all, but are not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Supports and facilitates ongoing collaboration and coordination, to enable those who are committed to equal justice to work together more effectively.
  • Provides pro bono legal services or reduced cost services.
  • Advocates for legislation and policies that will reduce constraints (costs, delays, complexity, etc.) for litigants.
  • Develops and/or applies new technologies and tools to improve the efficiency of our justice system.
  • Develops frameworks or models that take into account the public’s experiences with and perceptions of justice.
  • Empowers the public with knowledge about the courts, law enforcement agencies, the justice system and the legal profession.
  • Provides a service that may not involve strict legal services but include community service that enhances the justice system.

Judging is based on:

  • Public involvement in the development of and/or response to the program
  • Explanation of potential outcomes
  • Overall effort, e.g. volunteer hours above and beyond one’s regular job, extended period of time required to get results
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Informational value/educational merit

Nomination Procedure:
Nominations received by the announced deadline will be considered.
To assist in the judging, applicants or nominators are asked to submit supporting materials which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation
  • Publications and other materials produced for or distributed by the nominee
  • News releases, feature stories and editorials written about the nominee
  • Written summaries of the nominee’s mandate, activities and target group

Presentation: The award is presented annually at the CBA-Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting or at the Annual Professional Development Conference.

Deadline: May 28th.

Selection Process: The Award is administered by the Nominations Committee, a standing Committee of the Nova Scotia Branch.  The Committee may determine that no Award shall be granted in any one year.


  • Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS)  2018