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Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission

The Legal Aid Planning Act of 1971 provided for free advice, assistance and services by members of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society to persons otherwise unable to retain lawyers to represent them in legal proceedings. In 1977 the legal aid program planning process culminated in the establishment of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission. The commission is a crown corporation administering the Legal Aid Act and employing barristers to represent clients, free of charge, in all judicial courts. An applicant or client may appeal to the commission concerning refusal, suspension or withdrawal of legal aid; cancellation or amendment of a certificate of legal aid; or required contributions toward the cost of legal aid.

Notes: Authority record based on Statutes of Nova Scotia: 1970-71 c. 14, 1977 c. 11.

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