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FILE A COMPLAINT ABOUT A NOVA SCOTIA LAW SOCIETY LAWYER?
Don't kid yourself.
WHY WOULD YOU WANT A LAWYER REFERRAL FROM THE NOVA SCOTIA LAW SOCIETY?
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Avoid Law Society Referral Services. Be smart. Choose CanLaw free Lawyer Referral Services over the Barristers' Society of Nova Scotia lawyer referral services.
Questions you should ask of both the Barristers' Society of Nova Scotia and the lawyer before you retain any Nova Scotia lawyer.
Barristers' Society of Nova Scotia LAWYER REFERRALS
ARE NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT
Law Society referrals are based on a bored, underpaid, under trained telephone, clerk asking you where you want a lawyer. She then looks at her list and takes the name of the next lawyer whose turn has come up.
There is no checking of skills, suitability or experience. Lawyers using law societies referrals pay a fee and when it is their turn they get the referral. The system stinks.
Barristers' Society of Nova Scotia
1101-1645 Granville Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1X3
Review the Code of Professional Conduct for the Nova Scotia Law Society which can be obtained from the Society's web site. Use and read the Code to help organize your complaint.
It is better if you can say that the lawyer violated rule # xxx by doing what she did or did not do.
This organizes your material and shows you have done your homework.
HINT: Keep your complaint calm and rational. Avoid name calling, abuse and threats.
Try to stick to the facts and avoid all emotion. It isn't easy, but it is smart.
Most complaints to any Law Society are dismissed. Most complaints are simply frivolous and few have any real merit. Complaints should be filed on the slight chance that they will have an impact.
Most complaints are frivolous, groundless and do not have any real merit. These are quickly dismissed by any law society.
However your complaint should be filed on the slight chance that they will have an impact.
KNOW THE RULES. IT WILL HELP YOUR COMPLAINT!
Know which rule the lawyer violated before you complain
HISTORY OF COMPLAINTS IN NOVA SCOTIA
There are about 1550 practicing full and part time lawyer/members of the NS Barristers' Society. Complaints run about 165 a year. Nearly all are dismissed.
Most Law Societies will not tell you if they have complaints against a lawyer unless s/he has been "convicted" in an internal discipline hearing.
However, of all the complaints received only about ten percent will ever get as far as a discipline hearing in Nova Scotia. The rest will be dismissed or closed at the preliminary stages
Most complaints to any Law Society are justifiably dismissed because they are foolish, vindictive or simply frivolous and few have any real merit. Your complaint should be filed on the slight chance that they will have an impact.
Disciplined lawyers usually receive a modest fine with years to pay.
Disbarred lawyers are frequently readmitted after the dust has settled.
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