The National Self-Represented Litigants Project East recently released a manual and accompanying video on going to Supreme Court in Nova Scotia. The manual is available in both English and French.
English Manual: Navigating the Civil Justice System: Going to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
French Manual: Naviguer dans le système de justice civile: Aller à la Cour suprême de la Nouvelle-Écosse
Video: Going to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
The video and manual take you through some information you may want to know about going to Supreme Court in Nova Scotia. This includes the difference between legal information and legal advice, where to find the Civil Procedure Rules and some things to think about before going to court.
These resources highlight reasons to consider settlement and some of the “pros” of settling. The manual shares some helpful tips. For example, how to get the most out of your legal time, how to stay organized and a suggestion to go watch a trial in order to understand court etiquette and see how the process unfolds.
The manual and video give an overview of some important components of the court process including evidence, witnesses, direct-examination, and cross examination.
You will also find some helpful primers highlighted in the manual from our friends at the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) that may be useful for SRLs, for example:
- The CanLII Primer Legal Research Principles and CanLII Navigation for Self-Represented Litigants
- What You Need to Know About Affidavits
- The Evidence Primer: How to Present Your Evidence at Trial
For additional SRL resources head, to the NSRLP website here
We hope you find both the manual and video helpful. For folks outside of Nova Scotia, stay tuned! We are planning to release similar guides for navigating the civil justice system throughout the rest of the Atlantic Provinces soon.