The Adult Criminal Court Program assists those appearing in Provincial Criminal Docket Courts in Halifax and Dartmouth. 


Staff and volunteers:

  • explain court procedures and terminology

  • provide legal referrals

  • provide Return to Court Date Cards

  • offer practical assistance and emotional support to those appearing in court, as well as their family and friends

  • help navigate the justice system

  • assist in bail plans and advocate for community options to incarceration

The Family Court Program offers support and advocacy in navigating the family court system through spousal, child support, custody and access and child protection matters. Staff provide: 

  • Information about the family court process

  • Transportation and accompaniment to family court proceedings and lawyer appointments

  • Safety planning, especially related to court appearances, if applicable

  • Communication with other family court-based services and referral sources to promote the seamless delivery of information and support where appropriate

  • Debriefing and discussing court outcomes, legal appointments, and next steps

  • Support with completion of paperwork and lawyer’s requests

  • Referrals and advocacy with community supports and services

  • Information and practical support in accessing Legal Aid

  • Communicating with criminal court-based services