What is the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia?

The Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia was created in 1991 by the Government of Nova Scotia. The law which created the Commission is the Law Reform Commission Act, S.N.S. 1990, c. 17. The Commission is an independent advisor to the Government and is not a government department. The independence of the Commission enables it to make recommendations for law reform in a non-partisan manner. The Commission reports to the public and elected representatives of Nova Scotia, through the Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Nova Scotia.

The Law Reform Commission Act requires that there be between five and seven Commissioners. There are currently six part-time Commissioners: one judge selected by the judges of Nova Scotia; two community representatives selected by the Minister of Justice; two representatives of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society; and one faculty representative from Dalhousie Law School. One of the Commissioners has been selected by the other Commissioners to act as President.

The Commission does not provide legal advice to individuals or organizations and does not intervene in individual cases. The Commission attempts, however, to provide the public with accurate legal information and often assists members of the public in locating legal information either directly or through other organizations.

The Commission is funded by the Government of Nova Scotia and by the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia.