Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Mediation Services (Nova Scotia)

Nova Scotia

Type of service

Services offered
Mediation provides an opportunity for parties coming to the Supreme Court (Family Division) to resolve differences in matters relating to parenting arrangements (custody and access), support, and property without going to court. In mediation, an impartial, trained mediator will help each person talk about their needs and issues and will help resolve the issues in appropriate cases. Mediators do not give legal advice.

The goals of mediation are:

  • to provide an alternative method of resolving issues, where appropriate;
  • to encourage the non-adversarial resolution of issues; and
  • to develop an agreement acceptable to both parties

Pilot or ongoing service
Ongoing service

Department responsible
Nova Scotia Department of Justice

How to access this service
Attendance at mediation is completely voluntary. Court officers and other professionals may make referrals to mediation. Parties may also self-refer. Generally, judges do not refer parties to mediation. The Family Division will provide a limited number of mediation sessions based upon the issues to be resolved.

Mediation in Nova Scotia is offered through the Family Division locations in Halifax, Sydney and Port Hawkesbury. Mediation may take place within the justice center, at the offices of the mediator or at a location acceptable to the parties.
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Further information on mediation can be found at

Fees are based on income and may be waived in some circumstances.

Governing legislation/legislative authority
Nova Scotia Civil Procedure Rule 59

Contact person(s)
To access this service, contact the justice center which is responsible for the file. Contact information about the various justice centers in Nova Scotia may be found at:

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