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					NOVA SCOTIA




LEGAL AID COMMISSION

Thirty-First Annual Report

2007/2008
                                              TABLE OF CONTENTS




MANDATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1

STRUCTURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     2

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION CONTACTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                               3

BOARD OF DIRECTORS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               4

STANDING COMMITTEES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   5

OFFICE LOCATIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             6

STAFF COMPLEMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              8

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        9

FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY TABLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         15

STATISTICAL TABLES:

     APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BY METHOD OF SERVICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

     APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BY AREA OF LAW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

     MATTERS COMPLETED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

     MATTERS COMPLETED BY AREA OF LAW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

     NUMBER OF FULL SERVICE MATTERS COMPLETED. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
      (Adult Criminal)

     NUMBER OF FULL SERVICE MATTERS COMPLETED . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                21
      (Young Person Criminal)
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    NUMBER OF FULL SERVICE MATTERS COMPLETED . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                      22
     (Provincial/Family/Civil)

    CERTIFICATES COMPLETED BY PRIVATE LAWYERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

    AFTER HOURS TELEPHONE DUTY COUNSEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

    RECIPROCALS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

AUDITOR GENERAL: FINANCIAL STATEMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                              26

DEFINITION OF TERMS AS USED IN ANNUAL REPORT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                    41
                            MANDATE



The mandate of the Nova Scotia Legal Commission, in so far as
Government funding permits, is:

    (a)   To deliver quality legal representation to qualified
          applicants with priority for matters involving the
          liberty and civil rights of individual clients and for
          matters involving the integrity and protection of an
          individual's family.

    (b) Such other legal services as Government may contract
        with the Commission to provide to individuals or
        groups.




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   2007/2008 NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION STRUCTURE
LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY


                                                  Legal Aid Act
                                               1989, R.S.N.S., c. 252


                                          Attorney General/Minister of
                                                     Justice
                                                s.6(2), 9(5), 11(2)

                                                Nova Scotia Legal Aid

                                                        Commission

                                            Chairperson (1) Directors (16)

                                           s.6(1)

                                                    Executive Director
                                                         s.14(2)




MANAGEMENT

                                                Executive Director
                                               Executive Committee



       Appeal                        Commission                                             Chief Financial
     Committee                   Secretary/Executive                 Staff Directors           Officer
                                      Assistant                            (3)              Administration
                                                                                              Office (6)


                                                    Managing Lawyers
                                                          (13)




SERVICE


     Staff Lawyers (76)                     Certificates Completed
(includes 13 Managing Lawyers)                      (3,387)                       Funding to Dalhousie Legal
Legal Support Staff (53.2)                                                          Aid Service $69,000
    Articled Clerks (5)




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                 NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION

                                   CONTACTS


                        T. GERARD LUKEMAN, Q.C.
                        Executive Director
                        Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
                        102-137 Chain Lake Drive
                        Halifax, NS B3S 1B3
                        (902) 420-6573
                        (902) 420-3471 Facsimile




WALTER I. YEADON                                ANNE MALICK, Q.C.
Director                                        Director
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission                Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
102-137 Chain Lake Drive                        102-523 Prince Street
Halifax, NS B3S 1B3                             Truro, NS B2N 1E8
(902) 420-6573                                  (902) 893-5920 Truro
(902) 420-3471 Facsimile                        (902) 420-6573 Halifax
                                                (902) 893-6112 Facsimile




KAREN HUDSON                                    JENNIFER CAIN, C.A.
Director                                        Chief Financial Officer
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission                Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
2830 Agricola Street                            102-137 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, NS B3K 4E4                             Halifax, NS B3S 1B3
(902) 420-3450                                  (902) 420-6594
(902) 420-2873 Facsimile                        (902) 420-3471 Facsimile




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                     NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION

                BOARD OF DIRECTORS AS OF MARCH 31, 2008



Name                                Location        Term Expires        Representing

Hugh Robichaud                      Meteghan        May 26, 2008        Bar Society

Donald G. Harding, Q.C.   (Chair)   Shelburne       March 29, 2009      Justice

Glenn Joudrey                       Kingston        March 29, 2009      Justice

David F. Curtis, Q.C.               Truro           March 29, 2009      Bar Society

Frank E. DeMont                     New Glasgow     March 29, 2009      Bar Society

Christopher Manning                 Kentville       March 29, 2009      Bar Society

James Chipman                       Halifax         March 29, 2009      Justice

Patrick J. Murray, Q.C.             Sydney          April 27, 2009      Justice

Trinda Ernst, Q.C.                  Kentville       June 21, 2009       Bar Society

Vincent B. MacDonald                Halifax         October 29, 2010    Justice

Shanta Dhir                         Truro           October 29, 2010    Justice

Linda Tippett-Leary                 Halifax         November 20, 2010   Bar Society

Frank Gillis, Q.C.                  Glace Bay       December 17, 2010   Justice

Vacancy                              -                    -             Bar Society

Vacancy                              -                    -             Justice

Clarence Guest                      Halifax               -             Public Service

Lynn C. Hartwell                    Halifax               -             Public Service




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         STANDING COMMITTEES AS OF MARCH 31, 2008


APPEAL

James Chipman                                    Vincent B. MacDonald
Frank DeMont                                     Christopher Manning
Shanta Dhir                                      Hugh Robichaud
Glenn Joudrey



BUDGET


David F. Curtis, Q.C. (Vice-Chair) - Chair       T. Gerard Lukeman, Q.C. (Executive Director)
Clarence Guest                                   Walter I. Yeadon (Director)
R. Gordon Murray, Q.C.                           Anne Malick, Q.C. (Director)
Patrick J. Murray, Q.C.                          Karen Hudson (Director)
Donald G. Harding, Q.C. (Chair)                  Resource – Jennifer Cain, CA
                                                             (Chief Financial Officer)



EXECUTIVE


Donald G. Harding, Q.C. (Chair)              Anne Malick, Q.C. (Director)
R. Gordon Murray, Q.C.                       Karen Hudson (Director)
T. Gerard Lukeman, Q.C. (Executive Director) Resource – Jennifer Cain, CA
Walter I. Yeadon (Director)                              (Chief Financial Officer)
                                             Resource – Lisa Stokkeskog
                                                             (Commission Secretary)



ELIGIBILITY REVIEW COMMITTEE

Executive Committee Members
Frank G. Gillis, Q.C.
Lynn C. Hartwell
Glenn Joudrey
Linda Tippett-Leary
Trinda Ernst, Q.C.

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               OFFICE LOCATIONS AS OF MARCH 31, 2008
Amherst                                   Kentville
P.O. Box 262, 55 Church Street            325 Main Street, Salon B
Amherst, NS B4H 3Z2                       Kentville, NS B4N 1K5
(902) 667-7544 /(902) 667-0030 Fax        (902) 679-6110 /(902) 679-6177 Fax
1-866-999-7544 Toll-Free                  1-866-679-6110 Toll-Free

Annapolis Royal                           New Glasgow
P.O. Box 188, 253 St. George Street       116 George Street
Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0               New Glasgow, NS B2H 2K6
(902) 532-2311/(902) 532-7488 Fax         (902) 755-7020 /(902) 752-8733 Fax
1-866-532-2311 Toll-Free                  1-877-755-7020 Toll-Free

Antigonish                                Sydney
70 West Street, Suite 2                   401-15 Dorchester Street
Antigonish, NS B2G 2X7                    Sydney, NS B1P 5Y9
(902) 863-3350 /(902) 863-7598 Fax        (902) 563-2295 /(902) 539-0489 Fax
1-866-439-1544 Toll-Free                  1-877-563-2295 Toll-Free

Bridgewater                               Truro
724 King Street                           102-523 Prince Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1B6                   Truro, NS B2N 1E8
(902) 543-4658 /(902) 543-3044 Fax        (902) 893-5920 /(902) 893-6112 Fax
1-866-543-4658                            1-877-777-5920

Dartmouth                                 Windsor
300-99 Wyse Road                          P.O. Box 760, 151 Wentworth Road, Suite 2
Dartmouth, NS B3A 4S5                     Windsor, NS B0N 2T0
(902) 420-8815 Family/Civil               (902) 798-8397 /(902) 798-8345 Fax
(902) 420-8818 Criminal                   1-866-798-8397 Toll-Free
(902) 420-6562 Fax
1-877-420-8818 Toll-Free                  Yarmouth
                                          P.O. Box 163, 101 Water Street
Halifax-South                             Yarmouth, NS B5A 4B2
400-5475 Spring Garden Road               (902) 742-7827 /(902) 742-0676
Halifax, NS B3J 3T2                       1-866-742-3300 Toll-Free
(902) 420-6583 / (902) 420-1260 Fax
1-877-777-6583 Toll-Free



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Halifax-North
2830 Agricola Street
Halifax, NS B3K 4E4
(902) 420-3450 / (902)420-2873 Fax
1-866-420-3450 Toll-Free

HRM Youth and Duty Counsel
401-5475 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS B3J 3T2
(902) 420-7800/(902) 428-5736 Fax

Sydney Duty Counsel
402-15 Dorchester Street
Sydney, NS B1P 5Y9
(902) 539-7026/(902) 539-3058 Fax

Port Hawkesbury                             Please note that for the purposes of this
Port Hawkesbury Justice Center              Annual Report, case load statistics for
302-15 Kennedy Street                       the Port Hawkesbury Office continue to
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2Y1                 be reported under the Antigonish Office.
(902) 625-4047/(902) 625-5216 Fax
1-888-817-0116 Toll-Free

Sub-Office
Liverpool – (902) 354-3215 contact BW

Office of the Executive Director
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
102-137 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, NS B3S 1B3
(902) 420-6573/(902) 420-3471 Fax
1-877-420-6578 Toll-Free




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                                                NSLA STAFF COMPLEMENT AS OF MARCH 31, 2008

OFFICE                Exec.   Staff   Lawyers      Admin.    Legal        Chief       Prison    Youth Court   Research      MIS   Articled   Total
                      Dir.    Dir.                 Support   Assistants   Financial   Liaison   Support       Coordinator         Clerks
                                                                          Officer               Workers

                                                                                                                                               11
Administration          1        1                    6                        1                                   1         1

Amherst                                   3                          3                    1                                                     7

Annapolis Royal                           3                          2                                                                          5

Antigonish                               2.5                         2                                                                         4.5

Bridgewater                               4                          3                                                                          7

Dartmouth                                10                          7                                                               1         18

Halifax South                             9                          5                                                                         14

Halifax North                    1        6                          5                                                               1         13

Kentville                                 4                          3                                                               1          8

New Glasgow                               4                          3                                                               1          8

Port Hawkesbury                          2.5                         2                                                                         4.5

Sydney                                   10                          6                                                                         16

Truro                            1        3                          3                                                                          7

Windsor                                   3                          2                                                                          5

Yarmouth                                  3                      2.6                                                                           5.6
HRM Youth & Duty
                                          5                          3                                2                              1         11
Counsel

SAC Duty Counsel                          2                                                                                                     2

Sydney Youth & Duty
                                          2                      1.6                                  2                                        5.6
Counsel

TOTALS                  1        3       76           6         53.2           1         1            4            1         1       5       152.2



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                     EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT


With this Annual Report, the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission marks the completion
of thirty-one years of service to Nova Scotians. We continue to serve by providing
quality legal representation to eligible Nova Scotians “with priority for matters
involving the liberty and civil rights of individual clients and for matters involving the
integrity and protection of an individual’s family.”

The availability of legal aid services ensures that our clients have meaningful and
effective access to our justice system. This results in a fair system of justice that
enables citizens to resolve their problems for the betterment of society.

As Executive Director, it is my pleasure to share with you some of the changes of the
past year.



Antigonish Office Move

The Antigonish Legal Aid Office opened over thirty-five years ago at 273 Main
Street, Antigonish. This office predates the creation of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid
Commission and delivered legal aid services to the people of the counties of Inverness,
Richmond, Guysborough and Antigonish.

With the passage of time, we needed to provide office space commensurate with the
office standards of today. In this year, we were successful, after much searching, in
relocating our office to 70 West Street, Suite 2 in the Town of Antigonish effective
March 6, 2008.

The new premises have resulted in very positive feedback not only from staff but also
from our clients and other members of the public. In particular, we were pleased to
find premises located close to the Provincial and Family Courts and the local office of
the Public Prosecution Service thereby reducing staff travel time.

The staff of Administration are very pleased to be able to support the work of our
Antigonish staff by providing much improved premises. The improvement in premises
also denotes the respect due to the economically disadvantaged who seek our services.




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Articled Clerks

This year, we accepted five Articled Clerks. Our vision is to give those training to be
lawyers experience in a legal aid practice, and to create a resource for future
employment either as staff lawyers or in our Certificate program.

We have also noticed that law students are being recruited more frequently by law
firms while still in their second year. In order to keep up with the current
recruitment practices, this year the Commission also recruited from the second-year
students for articling positions starting June 2009.

To those students we chose from second year, we have offered summer employment
for twelve weeks in the summer of 2008. We expect these efforts to assist the
Commission in its objective of obtaining the clerks we need.



Summary Advice Duty Counsel Service

This service is provided by a staff lawyer located in each of the two Supreme Court
Family Division locations in Halifax and Sydney. This service provides summary legal
advice to litigants who are appearing in the Family Division and who are otherwise
without legal counsel.

Federal funding of the Summary Advice project in Sydney lapsed at the end of March
2007. The Commission has continued the Summary Advice service in both locations
and has assumed the cost of the Sydney service out of its funding from the Province
of Nova Scotia.

In a review of our Summary Advice Counsel (SAC) service, it was noted that our
lawyers providing that service could not give legal advice to both sides of the same
matter. If both sides were unrepresented, only the first party that accessed the
service would receive summary legal advice.

To solve this problem, the Commission authorized the SAC service in both Halifax and
Sydney to retain outside counsel to provide summary legal advice to the second party.
This has been a significant improvement in the service we offer in those locations.

In the current year, the SAC service provided 1,528 instances of summary advice to
unrepresented litigants in the Family Division. This is an increase of 8.9% over the
previous year.

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Nunn Inquiry

Commissioner Merlin Nunn was appointed by the Province of Nova Scotia to conduct an
Inquiry into the operation of the youth justice system in Nova Scotia. In January
2007, the Government accepted all 34 recommendations made by Commissioner Nunn.

As one of the partners in the youth justice system, the Commission continued to work
with other justice partners in 2007/2008 to improve timelines in the youth justice
system.

As part of our response to ensuring improved timelines in the youth justice system,
the Commission has expanded its staffing by one staff lawyer in the Halifax Regional
Municipality. That lawyer position is dedicated to providing legal representation to
youth court clients. Arrangements have been made to staff the position with the
lawyer to start work on April 1st, 2008.



Telephone Duty Counsel Manual Rewrite

During this year, we initiated a rewrite and update of our Telephone Duty Counsel
Manual. This is necessary to keep current with developments in the law and we wished
to make the Manual both a more helpful tool for the telephone duty counsel lawyers
and as an effective educational tool for our junior lawyers.

We expect the finished product to be available in the year 2008/2009.



French Language Services Plan

The Commission is responsible to develop a plan pursuant to the French-language
Services Act. The goal is to develop a capacity within the Commission to deliver its
services in French to our francophone communities.

The Commission worked this year on developing its Plan for the year 2008/2009 with
the result that we have a Plan in place for what we hope to achieve in the year
2008/2009.




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Commission Website

Late in the current fiscal year, we began work on creating a Commission website. We
expect this website will enable us to effectively provide information regarding Legal
Aid in Nova Scotia to members of the public as well as being a communication tool
from the Commission to its employees.

In the next fiscal year, we expect to identify a website developer and have the basic
website at the testing stage.



Continuing Education

In May 2007, the Commission ran a very successful day-long education program for
staff lawyers on the Children and Family Services Act litigation. This was held in
the Community Center of the Millbrook Mi’kmaq Band.

This was a new initiative for us as all trainers were our own staff lawyers. Each
presenter also prepared materials for a binder for each participant to take back to
their office. The Commission is appreciative of all the efforts of the organizing
committee and presenters in delivering a quality educational opportunity for our staff
lawyers in a cost-effective manner.

On November 13th, 2007, the Commission launched an in-house blog under the
responsibility of our Research Coordinator, Peter Lambly. This blog delivers to our
staff at their desks an awareness of current developments in the law. The
Commission thanks Mr. Lambly for all his efforts in developing and maintaining this
current awareness tool.



Occupational Health and Safety Project

Karen Hudson, a Director of our Executive Committee, was delegated the
responsibility of reviewing the current legislative requirements and developing a
program to ensure the Commission is in compliance with the Occupational Health and
Safety Act.

Much work has been done in this year and resulted in the rollout of a Commission
Occupational Health and Safety Policy and Program in October 2007. With this
updated written policy in place, it is expected that management, Health and Safety

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Representatives, and the employees will be clear as to their respective duties in
sharing responsibility for the health and safety of employees.



Long Service Award Portability

The Commission provides its own Long Service Award program to its staff on the same
terms as the Province provides on its separate plan to its employees. Formerly, when
an employee moved between the Commission and direct employment with the Province,
the employee did not carry their service time with them for the calculation of the
Award whether they were coming to Commission employment from the Province or
vice-versa.

When an employee had achieved a significant length of employment, this type of loss
of service time could affect mobility in employment for our employees and our ability
to recruit from government employees.

I am pleased to note that this year saw legislative changes to the Province’s plan and
changes to our Commission plan that has resulted in mutual recognition by each plan of
service time gained in employment under the other’s plan.



Legal Aid Services Provided

The Commission had 37,148 requests for Legal Aid in the year 2007/2008. Of those,
2,608 requests were rejected as being ineligible for Legal Aid. At the year end, 271
individuals were in the process of having their eligibility determined and so are
recorded as “Pending Decision”. In the remaining 34,269 requests, the Commission
provided these individuals with legal aid services.

These 34,269 services were provided in the following areas of law:

       we provided 21,684 services to adult individuals facing criminal charges;
       we provided 5,086 services to young persons (aged 12 to 17 inclusive) facing
        criminal charges;
       we provided individuals facing charges under Provincial Statutes with 17
        services. We rarely provide services for provincial offences except when
        incarceration is a possibility or the particular circumstances of the
        individual necessitate such representation;
       we provided 6,934 services to individuals facing family law problems with a

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        priority being placed on child protection matters and custody disputes; and,
       we provided 412 services to individuals with a variety of civil legal issues.
       with our After Hours Telephone Duty Counsel Service, there were 136
        callers for whom information as to whether it was a young person or an adult
        calling was not collected.

For more details, I would refer you to the information charts provided later in this
Annual Report.



In Closing

During this year, we bade farewell to four of our most senior staff members: Gregory
S. Hildebrand, Senior Staff Lawyer, Halifax, who retired on April 30th, 2007 after
31½ years of service; Gregory P. Rafuse, Q.C., Managing Lawyer, Bridgewater, who
retired on May 31st, 2007, after 31½ years of service; H. Bruce Holton, Managing
Lawyer, New Glasgow, who retired on August 31st, 2007, after 35 years of service;
and, Juanita Penny, Payroll/Benefits Officer, Administration Office, who retired on
March 31st, 2008 after 27 years, 7 months of service. With these retirements, a
total of over 125 years of experience was lost not only to the Commission but
especially to our staff and clients.

We wish you all good health as you continue on your life’s journey. May the rewards of
your retirement bring you much happiness today and always.

And Thank You

To the Chair of the Commission, Donald G. Harding, Q.C., and all members of the
Commission, please accept our gratitude for all your efforts in support of our legal aid
program. And to the staff, who are always ready to meet the challenges present in
delivering legal aid services, your efforts are truly appreciated.

Let us continue to work together on behalf of all our clients.




                                               T. Gerard Lukeman, Q.C.,
                                               Executive Director



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              NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION

                 FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY TABLE

Legal Aid may be granted to a person on Social Assistance or in an equivalent

financial position where there is merit in providing legal assistance in certain

areas of family/civil and criminal law.

A person is in a position equivalent to that of someone on Social Assistance

when the gross monthly income of the person and his/her spouse, including

common-law spouse, is less than the amount set out below. (Child Tax Credit

is not counted in income) and the person's monthly expenses for shelter,

food, miscellaneous, transportation and the cost of the legal service

requested is greater than the amount set out below. (Maximum allowance for

transportation is $18.00)

                           GROSS                                    GROSS
  HOUSEHOLD               MONTHLY              HOUSEHOLD           MONTHLY
                          INCOME                                   INCOME

One Adult                   $1067.00        Two Adults              $1424.00

and 1 Child                 $1416.00        and 1 Child             $1708.00

and 2 Children              $1700.00        and 2 Children          $1932.00

and 3 Children              $1924.00        and 3 Children          $2156.00

and 4 Children              $2148.00        and 4 Children          $2380.00

and 5 Children              $2372.00        and 5 Children          $2604.00

and 6 Children              $2596.00        and 6 Children          $2828.00

and 7 Children              $2820.00        and 7 Children          $3052.00



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       Applications Received by Method of Service
       From April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008 with Comparative

        Disposition           2007/2008 2006/2007      Change

Full Service

Staff Lawyers                    13,412     12,964      448     3.5%

Private Lawyers                   3,902      3,616      286     7.9%

Full Service                     17,314     16,580      734 4.4%

Reciprocals - Outgoing               56         63       (7) -11.1%

Summary Service                     935      1,030      (95) -9.2%


Duty Counsel
Staff Duty Counsel                  155        300     (145) -48.3%

Cells Duty Counsel                5,612      4,253     1,359 32.0%

Non-Custodial Duty Counsel        1,843      1,730      113     6.5%

SAC Duty Counsel                  1,528      1,403      125     8.9%
Business Hours Telephone DC       1,395      1,215      180 14.8%

After Hours Telephone DC          5,431      4,787      644 13.5%

Duty Counsel                     15,964     13,688     2,276 16.6%

Accepted Applications            34,269     31,361     2,908 9.3%
Rejected Applications             2,608      2,419      189 7.8%
Pending Decision                    271        235       36 15.3%

Grand Total                      37,148     34,015     3,133 9.2%

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                        Applications Received by Area of Law
                              From April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008


                              Criminal Criminal Criminal             Provincial
Disposition                    Adult    Youth   Age n/a Family Civil Statutes Total         %

Full Service
Staff Lawyers                    7,511    2,411           0   3,202   280      8   13,412 36.1%
Private Lawyers                  1,779     477            0   1,610    36      0    3,902 10.5%
Full Service                     9,290    2,888           0   4,812   316      8   17,314 46.6%


Reciprocals - Outgoing              0        0            0     56      0      0      56    0.2%


Summary Service                   270       23                 537     96      9     935    2.5%


Duty Counsel
Staff Duty Counsel                133       21            0      1      0      0     155    0.4%
Cells Duty Counsel               4,449    1,163           0      0      0      0    5,612 15.1%
Non-Custodial Duty Counsel       1,789      54            0      0      0      0    1,843   5.0%
SAC Duty Counsel                    0        0            0   1,528     0      0    1,528   4.1%
Business Hours Telephone DC      1,198     197            0      0      0      0    1,395 3.8%
After Hours Telephone DC         4,555     740          136      0      0      0    5,431 14.6%
Duty Counsel                    12,124    2,175         136   1,529     0      0   15,964 43.0%



Accepted Applications           21,684    5,086         136   6,934   412     17   34,269 92.2%

Rejected Applications            1,249      26            0   1,184   115     34    2,608   7.0%

Pending Decision                  154        2            0    110      5      0     271    0.7%

Grand Total                     23,087    5,114         136   8,228   532     51   37,148 100.0%

Percent                         62.1%    13.8%         0.4% 22.1% 1.4%      0.1% 100.0%


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                             Matters Completed
               From April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008 with Comparative

        Disposition             2007/2008        2006/2007        Change
Full Service
Staff Lawyers                         13,495          12,798      697        5.4%
Private Lawyers                        3,387           3,235      152        4.7%
Full Service                          16,882          16,033      849       5.3%


Reciprocals - Outgoing                      56           63        (7)     -11.1%


Summary Service                            988         1,171     (183)     -15.6%


Duty Counsel
Staff Duty Counsel                         154          386      (232)     -60.1%
Cells Duty Counsel                     5,612           4,333     1,279      29.5%
Non-Custodial Duty Counsel             1,843           1,664      179       10.8%
SAC Duty Counsel                       1,528           1,403      125        8.9%
Business Hours Telephone DC            1,395           1,216      179       14.7%
After Hours Telephone DC               5,431           4,787      644       13.5%
Duty Counsel                          15,963          13,789     2,174      15.8%


Accepted Applications                 33,889          31,056     2,833      9.1%

Rejected Applications                  2,649           2,437      212       8.7%

Pending Applications                         0               0         0   100.0%

GRAND TOTAL                           36,538          33,493     3,045      9.1%


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                         Matters Completed by Area of Law
                              From April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008

                              Criminal Criminal       Criminal Family   Civil       Provincial Total       %
Disposition                    Adult Youth            Age n/a                        Statutes



Full Service
Staff Lawyers                    7,326      2,492             0 3,388     285                4 13,495 36.9%
Private Lawyers                  1,587       381              0 1,399       20               0   3,387     9.3%
Full Service                     8,913      2,873             0 4,787     305                4 16,882 46.2%


Reciprocals - Outgoing               0            0           0    56           0            0     56      0.2%


Summary Service                    290        23              0   566       98             11     988      2.7%


Duty Counsel
Staff Duty Counsel                 131        21              0     1           1            0    154      0.4%
Cells Duty Counsel               4,449      1,163             0     0           0            0   5,612 15.4%
Non-Custodial Duty Counsel       1,789        54              0     0           0            0   1,843     5.0%
SAC Duty Counsel                     0            0           0 1,528           0            0   1,528     4.2%
Business Hours Telephone DC      1,198       197              0     0           0            0   1,395     3.8%
After Hours Telephone DC         4,555       740           136      0           0            0   5,431 14.9%
Duty Counsel                    12,122      2,175          136 1,529            1            0 15,963 43.7%



Accepted Applications           21,325      5,071          136 6,938      404              15 33,889 92.8%

Rejected Applications            1,274        27              0 1,198     116              34    2,649     7.2%

Pending Applications                 0            0           0     0           0            0         0   0.0%

Grand Total                     22,599      5,098          136 8,136      520              49 36,538 100%

Percent                         61.9%       14%          0.4% 22.3%      1.4%            0.1% 100%



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                                       Number of Full Service Matters Completed
                                          From April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008

                                       Hfx   Hfx HRM           SY          Staff Private
Full Service Matters   AM AR AT BW DR North South YDC KE NG SY DC TR WI YA Total Lawyer
Adult Criminal
Homicide                 0 0 0           0   2    0     1        0    0    0     1   0    0    0 0      4     9
Attempted Homicide       0 0 0           0   0    0     1        0    1    0     1   0    2    1 0      6    11
Robbery                  2 2 3           4 20     0    42        0    6    3     5   0    6    4 1     98    52
Sexual assault           5 8 8           5   8    0    18        0    7    1    18   0    4    5 6     93    50
Sexual abuse             0 0 0           2   0    0     1        0    1    0     1   0    1    0 0      6     0
Aggravated assault       2 0 3           2 21     0    35        0    4    9    22   0   25    6 7 136       55
Assault                 59 61 78        80 162    0   457        1   72   67   198   0   38   71 37 1,381   423
Kidnapping               1 0 0           0   0    0     3        0    0    0     0   0    0    0 0      4     1
Abduction                0 0 0           0   0    0     0        0    0    1     0   0    0    0 0      1     2
Arson                    2 0 1           3   4    0     1        0    5    1     2   0    0    1 1     21    13
Weapons/Explosives       4 1 3           7 16     0    45        0    5    4    14   0    6    5 3 113       51
Break & Enter           13 17 21        25 33     0    78        1   18   16    44   0   18   33 10 327     114
Fraud/False pretence     9 9 8          10 39     0    71        0   19   20    22   0   12   19 8 246       41
Theft                   24 35 31        33 163    0   484        0   85   29   135   0   64   32 24 1,139   111
Possession of stolen
property                 6    9    6    11   18   0    27        0    6    8    23   0 7 6        2   129    19
Damage/Mischief         10   13   16    16   33   0    37        0   12    9    47   0 8 22       8   231    42
Prostitution             0    0    0     0    8   0    17        0    0    1     0   0 0 0        0    26     0
Gaming/Betting           0    0    0     0    0   0     0        0    0    0     0   0 0 0        0     0     0
Public order offence     2    2    6     4    4   0    18        0    1    1     8   0 4 4        0    54     0
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Administration of justice     0   12    40   34   0    10        0    3    3    41   0 44 29      0   228    18
Traffic/Import drugs     3    9    4    18   18   0    52        0   20    7    24   0 18 10      2   185    86
Possession of drugs     12   10    8    26   19   0    70        0   11   16    22   0 5 12       6   217    14
CC Motor vehicle offence 5   10    8     6   14   0    64        0    5    4    13   0 6 10       3   148    14
Impaired driving        12   16   30    18   18   0    19        0   25   10    40   0 17 16      9   230    23
Forgery/Uttering         1    6    0     1    0   0     1        0    3    0     2   0 2 0        2    18     3
Criminal negligence      0    0    0     0    0   0     0        0    0    0     1   0 0 0        0     1     1
Uttering threats         7   25   18    22   41   0   113        0   20   13    74   0 8 15       8   364   134
Conspiracy               0    0    0     0    0   0     0        0    0    0     0   0 0 0        0     0     0
Peace Bond               0    0    0     0    0   0     0        0    0    0     0   0 1 0        0     1     0
Breach of probation/
Order variation            14 60 91 65 253        0 316          0 107 105 227       0 40 68 23 1,369 194
Appeal                      8 1 4       1   1     0    10        0   2   1 1         0 3 1 0          33    17
Other                       8 32 33 14 26         0    92        0 15 25 9           0 202 30 31 517        89
Criminal Adult Total      221 326 392 413 955     0 2,083        2 453 354 995       0 541 400 191 7,326 1,587



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                                        Hfx   Hfx HRM           SY          Staff Private
Full Service Matters    AM AR AT BW DR North South YDC KE NG SY DC TR WI YA Total Lawyer
Young Person Criminal
Homicide                  0 0 0        0   0   0        0     0    0    0 0     0   0 0 0         0     0
Attempted Homicide        0 0 0        0   0   0        0     3    0    0 0     0   1 0 0         4     5
Robbery                   0 0 0        1   0   1        0    50    1    1 2     0   0 0 1        57    32
Sexual assault            2 3 1        5   0   0        0     4    3    0 2     0   3 2 1        26    10
Sexual abuse              1 0 0        1   0   0        0     2    0    0 0     0   0 0 0         4     0
Aggravated assault        0 0 0        0   0   0        0    82    2    2 2     0   6 1 2        97    29
Assault                  10 16 15     21   1   1        1   156   30   12 50    1   7 18 13     352    43
Kidnapping                0 0 0        0   0   0        0     0    0    0 0     0   0 0 0         0     1
Abduction                 0 0 0        0   0   0        0     0    0    0 0     0   0 0 0         0     0
Arson                     3 0 2        1   0   0        0    10    0    1 1     0   2 0 1        21     4
Weapons/Explosives        5 2 0        0   0   0        0    41    3    1 9     0   2 4 0        67     8
Break & Enter             5 13 14      9   0   1        0    77   10    2 34    0   6 6 5       182    47
Fraud/False pretence      2 0 2        0   0   0        0    10    0    1 3     0   2 0 1        21     0
Theft                     6 7 12       7   0   0        2   180   21    9 45    0   8 14 6      317    49
Possession of stolen
property                  1   3   1    3   0   0        0    17    2    4 6     0   2 3     2    44    11
Damage/Mischief           8   9   4    9   1   0        0    82   10   11 27    0   7 10    6   184    27
Prostitution              0   0   0    0   0   0        0     0    0    0 0     0   0 0     0     0     0
Gaming/Betting            0   0   0    0   0   0        0     0    0    0 0     0   0 0     0     0     0
Public order offence      0   1   0    1   0   0        0    55    2    0 5     0   1 4     0    69    13
Administration of
justice                   4   0   0    4   0   0        0    26    0    0 80    4   6 12    0   136     8
Traffic/Import drugs      1   0   0    0   0   0        0    27    1    2 1     0   1 1     1    35     7
Possession of drugs       1   1   1    3   0   0        0    24    1    5 1     0   0 2     0    39     5
CC Motor vehicle
offence                   1   3   1    1   0   0        0    11    1    0 4     1   3   0   0    26     3
Impaired driving          2   0   2    1   0   0        0     2    0    0 1     0   0   1   0     9     0
Forgery/Uttering          0   1   0    0   0   0        0     0    0    0 1     0   0   0   0     2     0
Criminal negligence       0   0   0    0   0   0        0     1    0    0 0     0   0   0   0     1     1
Uttering threats          6   7   5    5   0   0        0    41    2    4 22    0   5   8   3   108    14
Conspiracy                0   1   0    0   0   0        0     0    0    0 0     0   0   0   0     1     0
Peace Bond                0   0   0    0   0   0        0     2    0    0 0     0   0   0   0     2     0
Breach of probation/
Order variation          11 17 19     24   0   1        1   205   30   32 175   0 13 44     7   579    53
YCJA Transfer             0 0 0        0   0   0        0     0    0    0 0     0 0 0       0     0     0
YCJA Review               2 0 0        2   0   0        0     3    0    0 0     0 1 1       0     9     0
Appeal                    1 0 0        0   0   2        0     2    0    0 0     0 1 0       0     6     1
Other                     2 4 6        1   0   0        0    57    3    0 4     0 8 7       2    94    10
Criminal Young Person
                         74 88 85     99   2   6        4 1,170 122    87 475   6 85 138 51 2,492     381
Total


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                                       Hfx Hfx HRM             SY          Staff Private
Full Service Matters   AM AR AT BW DR North South YDC KE NG SY DC TR WI YA Total Lawyer
Provincial
Wildlife Act             0    0    0   0    0     0        0   0    0    0     0   0    0    0    0     0     0
Motor Vehicle Act        0    1    0   0    0     0        0   0    0    0     0   0    0    2    0     3     0
Liquor Control Act       0    0    0   0    0     0        0   0    0    0     0   0    0    0    0     0     0
Appeal                   0    0    0   0    0     0        0   0    0    0     0   0    0    0    0     0     0
Other                    1    0    0   0    0     0        0   0    0    0     0   0    0    0    0     1     0
Provincial Total         1    1    0   0    0     0        0   0    0    0     0   0    0    2    0     4     0

Family
Separation               6   21   18   26 23     41        0   0   32   49    45   0    4   23   26   314    35
Divorce                 12   16   25   28 45     27        0   0   29   30   103   0    6   14   57   392   160
Custody                 46   66   48   47 142   197        0   0   76   56   152   0   28   55   53   966   390
CFSA                     7   10   32   13 44     42        0   0   20   17    33   0   35   22    7   282   340
Enforcement              1    1    5    1   0     3        0   0    2    3     3   0    2    1    2    24     2
Application to vary     31    6   18   70 24     31        0   0   23   62    55   0   26   14   27   387   145
Maintenance             10   18   41   60 68     91        0   0   72   34    83   0   23   22   47   569   115
Matrimonial property     0    0    3    1   3     1        0   0    1    7     5   0   13    2    0    36    13
Access                   9   10    3    8 18     28        0   0   23   12    27   0   22    8   18   186   110
Paternity                1    0    0    1   1     1        0   0    2    2     2   0    1    0    1    12     6
Adult Protection         2   13   13    1 18     25        0   0   17    3    40   0   16    3    2   153     9
Appeal                   0    0    1    0   3     0        0   0    0    1     1   0    1    0    0     7    13
Other                    0 6 7       1   3       14        0   0 4 11          5   0 4 1 4          60    61
Family Total           125 167 214 257 392      501        0   0 301 287     554   0 181 165 244 3,388 1,399

Civil
Litigation               0    0    6   0    0     1        0   0    0    0     0   0    0    0    0     7     3
Non-litigation           0    0    9   0    0    18        0   0    0    1     0   0    0    5    0    33     3
Admin. Tribunal          0    0    5   0    0     6        0   0    0    0     0   0    3    1    0    15     0
Immigration              0    0    0   0    0     0        0   0    0    0     0   0    0    0    0     0     0
IPTA                     0    0 0      2    2     6        0   0    0    0     0   0 10 0         1    21     4
Secure Treatment         0    0 0      0    0     0        0   0    0    0     0   0 147 0        0   147     0
Appeal                   0    0 1      0    0     0        0   0    0    0     0   0 0 0          0     1    10
Other                    1    1 10     0    1     3        0   1    2    3     4   0 0 27         8    61     0
Civil Total              1    1 31     2    3    34        0   1    2    4     4   0 160 33       9   285    20

GRAND TOTAL            422 583 722 771 1,352    541 2,087 1,173 878 732 2,028      6 967 738 495 13,495 3,387



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                Certificates Completed by Private Lawyers
                      From April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008


                   Criminal Criminal
Office              Adult    Youth Provincial Family Civil        Total       %

Amherst                  96       31           0     44       1      172      5.1%

Annapolis Royal          15        1           0     35       0       51      1.5%

Antigonish               93       36           0     65       2      196      5.8%

Bridgewater              33        5           0     68       0      106      3.1%

Dartmouth               416        1           0    194       1      612      18.1%

Halifax North             0        3           0    230       2      235      6.9%

Halifax South           168        4           0      0       0      172      5.1%

HRM YDC                   4      138           0      0       3      145      4.3%

Kentville                63        3           0     55       0      121      3.6%

New Glasgow              55        0           0     95       1      151      4.5%

Sydney                  398      122           0    348       3      871      25.7%

Truro                   105        6           0     78       0      189      5.6%

Windsor                  58        5           0     57       7      127      3.7%

Yarmouth                 83       26           0    130       0      239      7.1%

Administration            0        0           0      0       0           0   0.0%

Total                 1,587      381           0   1,399     20    3,387 100.0%

Percent              46.9%    11.2%         0.0% 41.3% 0.6% 100.0%


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               AFTER HOURS TELEPHONE DUTY COUNSEL

                  APRIL 1, 2007 TO MARCH 31, 2008
                                 Criminal Young
       Month    Criminal Adult                    Unknown   Total
                                    Person

April                338              76            8       422

May                  342              60            7       409

June                 371              62            11      444

July                 414              68            9        491

August               444              72            11      527

September            414              64            18      496

October              441              68            12       521

November             347              58            13       418

December             337              34            8       379

January              372              71            11      454

February             333              46            7       386

March                402              61            21      484

TOTALS              4,555             740           136     5,431




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                               RECIPROCALS

                 APRIL 1, 2007 TO MARCH 31, 2008
                           2007/2008                        2006/2007

Province        Outgoing    Incoming    Total    Outgoing    Incoming   Total

Alberta           14           5            19      8           6        14

British            2           3            5       5           4        9
Columbia
Manitoba           0           2            2       1           2        3

New                4           8            12      5           4        9
Brunswick
Newfoundland       9           2            11      8           5        13

Northwest          0           1            1       0           0        0
Territories
Nunavut            0           0            0       0           0        0

Ontario           23          10            33     31           16       47

Prince Edward      2           0            2       2           0        2
Island
Quebec             2           4            6       3           5        8

Saskatchewan       0           2            2       0           0        0

Yukon              0           0            0       0           0        0

Outside            0           0            0       0           0        0
Canada
TOTALS            56          37            93     63           42      105




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NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION
      FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
          MARCH 31, 2008




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                                           NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION
                                                      FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
                                                              MARCH 31, 2008




                                     CONTENTS




                                                               Page




Auditor’s Report                                                  3


Statement of Financial Position                                   4


Statement of Operations                                           5


Statement of Changes in Net Assets                                6


Statement of Cash Flows                                           7


Notes to Financial Statements                                     8


Expense Schedule                                                 15




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AUDITOR’S REPORT


To the Members of the Legislative Assembly; and

To the Minister of Justice


I have audited the statement of financial position of Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission as at
March 31, 2008, and the statements of operations, changes in net assets, and cash flows for
the year then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Commission’s
management. My responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on
my audit.

I conducted my audit in accordance with Canadian generally accepted auditing standards.
Those standards require that I plan and perform an audit to obtain reasonable assurance
whether the financial statements are free of material misstatements. An audit also includes
examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial
statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant
estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement
presentation.

In my opinion, these financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial
position of the Commission as at March 31, 2008 and the results of its operations and cash
flows for the year then ended in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting
principles.




Jacques R. Lapointe, CA$CIA
Auditor General

Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 9, 2008



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                                                        NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION
                                                                STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
                                                        FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 2008



                                                                                2008                 2007

Revenue
 Operating grants - Province of Nova Scotia                             $ 19,728,045       $ 18,506,375
 Investment fund grant                                                             -            722,672
 Summary Advice Counsel project income                                             -            120,000
 Employee future benefits grant - Province of Nova Scotia                    252,995            244,092
 Interest                                                                    432,290            355,469
 Other income                                                                 69,095             22,772

                                                                            20,482,425         19,971,380

Expenses (page 15)
 Amortization                                                                  173,833            210,957
 Directors' fees                                                                22,746             18,888
 Duty Counsel fees                                                             464,240            429,980
 Equipment and maintenance                                                     281,968            456,839
 Library                                                                       168,633            151,955
 Memberships, meetings and conferences                                         420,987            374,012
 Miscellaneous                                                                  74,000             74,000
 Office disbursements                                                          335,858            268,458
 Private solicitors' fees (note 6)                                           4,186,418          3,379,457
 Professional and other fees                                                    36,154             37,253
 Salaries and benefits                                                      13,558,284         12,258,736
 Supplies and services                                                       1,419,138          1,273,261
 Travel                                                                        171,412            193,955

                                                                            21,313,671         19,127,751

Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses before special cases              (831,246)            843,629

Special cases (note 7)
 Contribution from the Province of Nova Scotia                                        -                    -
 Contributions from clients                                                           -                    -
                                                                                      -                    -
 Expenses, special cases                                                              -                    -
                                                                                      -                   -
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses                            $      (831,246)   $        843,629




                           See accompanying note to the financial statements

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                                                          NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION
                                                        STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS
                                                          FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 2008




                                                                          2008     2007

                                      Net Assets       Reserve for   Reserve for
                       Unrestricted   Invested in      Future Case   Family Law
                       Net Assets     Equipment        Completion      Project     Total           Total

Balance, beginning
 of year               $ 3,967,115 $     134,438 $        733,033 $      59,076 $ 4,893,662 $ 4,050,033

Excess (deficiency)
of revenue over
 expenses                (831,246)         -               -              -        (831,246)       843,629

Purchase of property
 and equipment              (4,729)            4,729       -              -          -               -

Amortization, net          101,464      (101,464)          -              -          -               -

Transfer to reserve    (2,039,971)         -             1,138,026      901,945      -               -

Balance, end of year   $ 1,192,633 $       37,703 $ 1,871,059 $         961,021 $ 4,062,416 $ 4,893,662




                          See accompanying notes to the financial statements
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                                                        NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION
                                                                STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
                                                        FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 2008




                                                                                2008               2007


Operating Activities
 Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses                           $   (831,246)    $     843,629
 Amortization                                                                173,833           210,957
 Amortization of deferred contributions - property and equipment            (103,484)         (279,375)

                                                                            (760,897)             775,211
 Net change in non-cash working capital
 balances related to operations (note 12)                                      312,773       (4,828,164)

                                                                            (448,124)        (4,052,953)



Investing Activities
 Purchase of
  Furniture and equipment                                                      (2,899)             (3,668)
  Computer equipment                                                           (1,830)            (58,487)

                                                                               (4,729)            (62,155)



Decrease in cash during year                                                (452,853)    (4,115,108)

Cash, beginning of year                                                        864,260       4,979,368

Cash, end of year                                                       $      411,407   $        864,260




                          See accompanying notes to the financial statements


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                                                              NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION
                                                             NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
                                                                                  MARCH 31, 2008




1. Authority

  The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission was established in 1977 pursuant to the Legal Aid Act. The
  Act and Regulations stipulate that the Commission can provide legal services to persons whose
  income is derived primarily from municipal or provincial social assistance or to persons in an
  equivalent position.

  Commission activities are funded by a grant from the Province of Nova Scotia. The Province in turn
  receives a contribution from the Government of Canada for legal aid provided by the Commission.


2. Accounting Policies

  (a) Cash

      Cash consist of cash on hand and balances with banks.

  (b) Amortization

       Property and equipment are stated at cost and are amortized on a straight-line basis over their
       estimated useful lives:
               Computer equipment                    33.33% per year
               Furniture and equipment               20% per year
               Leasehold improvements                Over term of lease

  (c) Marketable Securities

       Marketable securities consist of guaranteed investment certificates and are valued at cost, which
       approximates market value. Investments have been classified as held for trading in accordance
       with Handbook Section 3855.

       These guaranteed investment certificates bear interest at 3.25% (2007- 3.5% to 4.0%) and
       mature between 2 and 164 days (2007- 4 and 164 days) after year-end.

  (d) Use of Estimates

       The presentation of financial statements in conformity with Canadian generally accepted
       accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the
       reported amount of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported
       amounts of revenues and expenditures during the reported period. Actual results could differ
       from those reported.

  (e) Special Cases

       Periodically, the Commission provides legal services to clients upon special request from the Department
       of Justice where the clients would not otherwise be eligible under the Commission's guidelines.
       Contributions and expenses related to these special cases are presented separately on the statement of
       operations.
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                                                     NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION
                                                    NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
                                                                         MARCH 31, 2008




  2. Accounting Policies (cont'd)

  (f)   Employee Future Benefits

        The Commission adopted the method of accounting for employee future benefits
        required by The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants' recommendations in
        Section 3461, Employee Future Benefits. The main components of this accounting
        policy are costs for employee future benefits other than pensions which are accrued over
        the periods in which the employees render services in return for these benefits. These
        benefits are for health insurance programs. A liability for employee future benefits of
        $2,669,935 (2007 - $2,416,940) has been included in the financial statements. The
        liability as at March 31, 2008 and 2007 has been assumed by the Province of Nova
        Scotia so an offset of the same amount has been recorded as a receivable from the
        Department of Finance. The current year's expense incurred for these future employee
        benefits is $285,916 (2007 - $270,805).

  (g) Revenue Recognition

        1) Operating grants and other revenue are recorded on the accrual basis.

        2) Contributions from the Province of Nova Scotia for the acquisition of property, plant
          and equipment and computer upgrades are recorded as deferred contributions and
          are amortized to revenue in accordance with the amortization schedule for each
          equipment acquired.


3. Property and equipment
                                                    2008                                        2007

                                                   Accumulated       Net Book            Net Book
                                         Cost      Amortization        Value                Value

  Leasehold improvements             $ 106,769        $ 103,939      $     2,830        $     9,784
  Furniture and fixtures               171,553          153,787           17,766             24,946
  Computer equipment                   989,115          901,290           87,825            242,794

                                     $ 1,267,437      $ 1,159,016    $ 108,421          $ 277,524




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                                                           NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION
                                                          NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
                                                                               MARCH 31, 2008




4. Trust Fund - Long Service Awards

   The Commission follows the provisions of the Civil Service Act with respect to the payment of long service
   awards to retiring employees. The Commission is responsible for the funding and eventual payment of
   these awards.

   The Commission maintains a trust fund to provide for the eventual payment of awards and to administer
   long service award advances. The Commission provides contributions, from general operating funds, to
   defray future obligations for long service awards.

   In prior years, employees with fifteen years of employment could apply for an advance on their long service
   award. Advances are repayable upon retirement or termination, together with interest at the provincial
   borrowing rate which existed at the time of the advance. To date, six employees have received advances.
   Advances plus accrued interest at March 31, 2008 totaled $Nil (2007- $22,948).

                                                                                     2008                   2007

   Balance, beginning of year                                                 $ 2,050,362          $ 1,946,723

   Add: Contribution from operating funds                                          231,574              221,806
        Interest on long service award advances                                     -                       324
        Interest on investments                                                     80,433               67,954
                                                                                   312,007              290,084

   Less: Long service awards paid to retiring employees                            186,913              184,503
         Due to operating account                                                   18,456                1,917
         Operating charge                                                               60                   25
                                                                                   205,429              186,445

   Balance, end of year                                                       $ 2,156,940          $ 2,050,362

   Consisting of:
        Cash                                                                  $     169,679        $     202,199
        Investments and accrued interest on investments                           2,007,634            1,827,131
        Receivable - long service award advances
           and accrued interest on advances                                          -                      22,949
        Contribution due to operating funds                                        (20,373)                 (1,917)

                                                                              $ 2,156,940          $ 2,050,362

5. Payables and Accruals
                                                                                     2008                   2007

   Supplies and services                                                      $     244,608        $     412,583
   Accrued private solicitors' fees (note 6)                                      3,685,353            2,874,218
   Employee salaries and benefits                                                 1,173,223              144,344

                                                                              $ 5,103,184          $ 3,431,145



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                                                              NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION
                                                             NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
                                                                                  MARCH 31, 2008




6. Measurement Uncertainty

  Measurement uncertainty is uncertainty in the determination of the amount at which an item is
  recognized in the financial statements. This exists when there is a variance between the recorded
  amount and another reasonable possible amount.

  Measurement uncertainty in these financial statements is inherent in the recording of accrued private
  solicitors' fees. At the end of each fiscal year the Commission has a liability for work conducted by
  private solicitors that is not yet billed and paid. At March 31, 2008, a liability of $3,685,353 (2007 -
  $2,874,218) was recorded, of which $3,299,926 (2007- $2,489,943) was estimated using a system
  that incorporates average costs and time frames for similar cases over the last two years. The
  estimate will vary from the eventual billings from private solicitors due to the specific requirements of
  each case.

7. Deferred Contribution - Special Cases

  Special case funding is received from the Province of Nova Scotia and is restricted solely for
  expenditures incurred in the process of defending clients. Amounts not used for current expenditures
  are deferred to be applied against future cases. Any funding not committed at the conclusion of the
  cases must be returned to the Province of Nova Scotia, or added to the liability for other future special
  cases.

8. Long Service Awards

  Employees of the Commission are entitled to long service awards upon retirement. The awards are
  based on the number of years of service of the employee, and are earned at the rate of one week's
  pay for every year of service, to a maximum of twenty-six weeks.

  The Commission engaged an outside consultant to estimate the liability relating to the awards. Based
  on the estimate of the present value of obligation respecting long service awards at March 31, 2008,
  the long service award trust funds of $2,156,940 (2007- $2,050,362) are sufficient to fund the liability.

9. Employee future benefits

  The Commission has provided for employee future benefits other than pensions for life insurance,
  dental and medical programs.

  The significant actuarial assumptions adopted in measuring the Commission's accrued benefit
  obligations are as follows:

  Discount rate                                  6%
  Expected health care costs trend rate          10% in 2008 decreasing down to 4% per annum in and
                                                    after 2015
  Retirement age assumption                      59 years
  Participation                                  90% of members are assumed to participate in the
                                                   retiree health and dental programs




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                                                             NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION
                                                            NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
                                                                                 MARCH 31, 2008




10. Deferred Contributions - Property and Equipment

  Deferred contributions relates to funding received from the Province of Nova Scotia to offset costs of
  upgrading the Commission's computer systems. The changes in the deferred contributions balance
  for the period are as follows:

                                                                                    2008                2007

  Balance, beginning of year                                               $        459,372    $    738,747
  Less: amounts amortized to revenue                                               (103,484)       (279,375)
  Plus: contributions received                                                       -               -

  Balance, end of year                                                         $    355,888    $    459,372



11. Reserves

  Reserve for Future Case Completion

  The Commission has appropriated an amount from unrestricted net assets that approximates
  management's best estimate of the remaining cost to complete the cases that are in progress as at
  March 31, 2008.

  Reserve for Family Law Project

  In October 2004, the Commission appropriated the total of $1,000,000 for family law Legal Aid
  Services to provide additional family law services. In October 2007, the Commission appropriated an
  additional $1,000,000 for family law Legal Aid Services.



12. Net change in non-cash working capital balances
    related to operations
                                                                                    2008                2007

  Increase (decrease) in cash from changes in:

  Receivables                                                              $     33,116        $ (250,353)
  Prepaid expenses                                                               (2,381)           19,880
  Payables and accruals                                                       1,672,038             112,349
  Deferred contributions - special cases                                         -                      (40)
  Marketable securities                                                     (1,390,000)         (4,710,000)

                                                                           $       312,773     $(4,828,164)




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                                                   NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION
                                                  NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
                                                                       MARCH 31, 2008




13. Commitments and Contingencies

  (a) Lease agreements for office space typically call for payment of a base rent plus a
  provision for the Commission's portion of operating costs and property taxes. Lease terms
  vary by office. The Commission also carries leases for office equipment.

  Minimum lease payments for the next five fiscal years, not including operating costs and
  taxes, are as follows:

                                           2009                 $ 1,049,537
                                           2010                 $ 975,421
                                           2011                 $ 826,155
                                           2012                 $ 764,867
                                           2013                 $ 731,337

  (b) The Commission provides funding to Dalhousie Legal Aid Services. The Commission
  has agreed to provide a grant of $69,000 to Dalhousie Legal Aid Services for the year ending
  March 31, 2008.

  (c) The Commission has been named as a defendant in a legal action. As of the audit report
  date, the outcome of this claim is not determinable, and accordingly, no provision has been
  made in the financial statements.


14. Client Trust Funds

  On March 31, 2008, $4,527 (2007 - $3,378) was held in trust for clients. These trust funds
  are accounted for separately and are not reflected in the financial statements.


15. Pensions

  Pursuant to Section 7 of the Legal Aid Act, all permanent employees of the Commission are
  entitled to receive pension benefits under the Province of Nova Scotia Public Service
  Superannuation Act. The plan is funded by equal employee and employer contributions.
  The employer contributions are included in the Commission's operating expenses in the
  amount of $791,811 (2007 - $680,686). The Commission is not responsible for any
  unfunded liability with respect to the superannuation fund.




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                                                     NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION
                                                    NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
                                                                         MARCH 31, 2008




16. Financial Instruments

  (a) Terms and conditions

     The Commission has an authorized, unsecured, line of credit with a limit of $400,000,
     bearing interest at RBC prime lending rate, payable monthly.

  (b) Fair value of financial instruments

     Financial instruments of the Commission consist mainly of cash, investments, receivables
     and payables. It is management's opinion that the Commission is not exposed to
     significant interest or credit risks arising from these financial instruments. The carrying
     values of these financial assets and financial liabilities approximate their fair values unless
     otherwise disclosed, given the short term nature of these financial instruments.

     In April 2005, the Accounting Standards Board issued new Handbook sections on financial
     instruments, Section 3855 and Section 3861. Section 3855 Financial Instruments -
     Recognition and Measurement addresses when financial instruments should be
     recognized and how they should be measured. Section 3861 Financial Instruments -
     Disclosure and Presentation provides standards for how financial instruments should be
     classified on the financial statements and the disclosure requirements. The Company has
     adopted both of the sections for the fiscal year end March 31, 2008. As a result of
     adopting these new sections, there were no additional entries necessary to comply with
     these new standards. The adoption of this new accounting policy was for year-ends on or
     after January 1, 2007 and in accordance with the handbook section has been applied
     prospectively.


17. Future changes to accounting standards

    The CICA has reissued Section 3861 of the CICA Handbook as sections 3862 and 3863,
    Financial Instruments – Disclosure and Financial Instruments – Presentation, respectively,
    which establish standards for presentation of financial instruments and non-financial
    derivatives, and identifies the information that should be disclosed about them. Section
    3862 Financial Instruments – Disclosures provides standards that will require entities to
    provide disclosures that will enable users to evaluate the significance of financial
    instruments and the nature and extent of risks arising from financial instruments. Section
    3863 Financial Instruments – Presentation establishes standards to enhance financial
    statement users’ understanding of the significance of financial instruments to an entity’s
    financial position, performance and cash flows. These sections are effective for fiscal
    periods beginning on or after October 1, 2007 and will be adopted on April 1, 2008. The
    effect of adopting these sections has not yet been determined.


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                                                      NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION
                                                                     EXPENSE SCHEDULE
                                                      FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 2008




                                                   Budget           Actual              Actual
                                                    2008             2008                2007

Amortization                                 $     250,000    $     173,833    $        210,957

Directors' fees                                     30,000           22,746                 18,888

Duty Counsel fees                                  445,000          464,240             429,980

Equipment and maintenance
 Leasehold improvements                             50,000           49,401              51,702
 Office furniture and equipment                     90,000          105,924             246,990
 Office machine leasing                             90,000           68,643              82,475
 Office machine maintenance                         75,000           58,000              75,672
                                                   305,000          281,968             456,839

Library                                            173,000          168,633             151,955

Memberships, meetings and conferences
 Memberships and dues                              230,000          234,821             215,975
 Meetings and conferences                          203,000          186,166             158,037
                                                   433,000          420,987             374,012
Miscellaneous
 Grant - Dalhousie Legal Aid                        69,000           69,000                 69,000
 Public information /legal education                 5,000            5,000                  5,000
                                                    74,000           74,000                 74,000

Office disbursements
 Civil and family                                  120,000          125,593             101,663
 Adult criminal                                    150,000          167,557             144,033
 Youth criminal                                     22,000           42,708              22,762
                                                   292,000          335,858             268,458

Private solicitors' fees
 Civil and family - conflicts                     1,813,030        1,889,774        1,684,155
 Adult criminal - choice of counsel                 255,200          141,937          159,772
 Adult criminal - conflicts                       1,557,240        1,790,452        1,304,754
 Youth criminal - choice of counsel                 104,200           20,767          -
 Youth criminal - conflicts                         396,930          343,488          230,776
                                                  4,126,600        4,186,418        3,379,457

Professional and other fees
 Professional fees                                  40,000           30,515                 37,253
 Consultant fees                                    35,000            5,639             -
                                                    75,000           36,154                 37,253

Salaries and benefits
 Salaries and benefits                           12,320,000       13,305,289       12,014,644
 Employee future benefits                           280,000          252,995          244,092
                                                 12,600,000       13,558,284       12,258,736

Supplies and services
 General cleaning and office expense                100,000          103,256           71,790
 Heat, light and water                               30,000           33,974           25,936
 Printing and stationery                            115,000          106,360           98,231
 Rent, insurance and taxes                          950,000          949,323          868,569
 Telephone and postage                              215,000          226,225          208,735
                                                  1,410,000        1,419,138        1,273,261

Travel                                             195,000          171,412             193,955

                                             $   20,408,600   $   21,313,671   $   19,127,751



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                           DEFINITION OF TERMS


Advice – Legal counsel provided to people who require only legal advice but no further
legal service.

AM – Amherst Office

After Hours Telephone Duty Counsel - After hours legal advice provided by lawyers.

Applications Pending Decision as to Service – Applications for Legal Aid received in
the fiscal year for which a decision has yet to be made.

Applications Received by Method of Service – Applications for Legal Aid received in
the fiscal year and how those applications were dealt with.

AR – Annapolis Royal Office

AT – Antigonish Office

BW – Bridgewater Office

Cells Duty Counsel – Legal representation provided by a staff lawyer at the Halifax
and Sydney Provincial Court locations. This service is also provided at the Dartmouth
Provincial Court location with a contract lawyer. This representation is provided to
only those individuals detained in cells.

Certificate – Contract entered into between the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
and a private lawyer to provide legal representation to clients who qualify for Legal
Aid services but cannot be represented by the local Nova Scotia Legal Aid Office due
to conflicts of interest. Nova Scotia Legal Aid continues to give individuals charged
with offences punishable by mandatory life imprisonment (murder) a choice of
defence counsel and this results in Certificates being issued to private lawyers as well.

CFSA – Children and Family Services Act

Dalhousie Legal Aid Service – A Legal Aid Service affiliated with Dalhousie Law
School and which receives a grant from the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission. The
Dalhousie Legal Aid Service provides services to its clients through its staff lawyers

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                          DEFINITION OF TERMS


with the assistance of Dalhousie Law School students who are supervised by their
staff lawyers while gaining clinical legal experience. Dalhousie Legal Aid Service
represents a number of clients who have qualified for Legal Aid on application to the
Commission. The Dalhousie Legal Aid Service is compensated for those clients
according to the terms of the Legal Aid Certificate issued in the matter and the Nova
Scotia Legal Aid Tariff.

DR – Dartmouth Office

Full Service - Full Service matters are all those matters which require a higher
commitment of legal resources than can be serviced as a Summary Service.

Halifax North – Halifax Agricola Street Office

Halifax-South – Halifax Spring Garden Road Office

HRM YDC – Youth & Duty Counsel Office for the Halifax Regional Municipality

IPTA – Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act. (Note: this legislation came into
effect in July 2007. Matters reported in previous years as “Review Board” are now
reported under IPTA).

KE - Kentville Office

Matters Completed - Cases which concluded in the fiscal year.

NG - New Glasgow Office

PH – Port Hawkesbury Office - Please note that for the purposes of this Annual
Report, case load statistics for the Port Hawkesbury Office continue to be reported
under the Antigonish Office

Private Lawyers - Members of the private Bar representing clients by way of a Nova
Scotia Legal Aid Certificate.



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                           DEFINITION OF TERMS


(r) – Revised

Reciprocal - Outgoing - An application for Legal Aid which is forwarded to another
province where the Nova Scotia resident requires legal representation. All provinces
and territories, by agreement, participate in this exchange of applications for Legal
Aid.

Rejected Applications - Applicants for Nova Scotia Legal Aid who were not provided
with service due to financial ineligibility, lack of merit, or the service requested was
outside of the scope of service.

SAC Duty Counsel – This is the Summary Advice Counsel (Duty Counsel) provided by
two staff lawyers located at the Supreme Court, Family Division locations in Halifax
and Sydney. This SAC program is a project partially funded from Commission
resources and by the Federal and Provincial Governments by way of project funding.
The SAC counsel provided summary advice in family law matters. This project is an
effort to respond to the unmet needs of self-represented family law litigants for
legal advice. Further, it is expected that providing summary legal advice to self-
represented litigants in the Family Division may result in timelier processing of family
law cases involving self-represented litigants.

Staff Lawyers - Lawyers employed by the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission.

Staff Duty Counsel - Lawyers employed by the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission who
provide legal representation, either by telephone or in person, to people detained in
the Provincial Court Cells or at a police station. The staff lawyers also, on occasion,
provide Duty Counsel services to family or civil clients as the situation may require.

Summary Service - Summary Service matters are those matters which require a
lesser commitment of legal resources and are serviced through advice.

SY - Sydney Office

TR - Truro Office



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                       DEFINITION OF TERMS


WI - Windsor Office

YA - Yarmouth Office

YCJA - Youth Criminal Justice Act




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