When individuals join the legal profession in Canada, they are required to make a solemn personal commitment to shared ideals that provide a North Star for navigating the challenges that lay ahead in the practice of law.

In Nova Scotia, a lawyer being called to the Bar must swear or affirm the following Oath or Affirmation on Admission:

I ... swear/affirm that as a lawyer, I shall, to the best of my knowledge and ability, conduct all matters and proceedings faithfully, honestly and with integrity.

I shall support the Rule of Law and uphold and seek to improve the administration of justice.

I shall abide by the ethical standards and rules governing the practice of law in Nova Scotia.

Section 3.9.5 of the Regulations made pursuant to the Legal Profession Act, S.N.S. 2004, c. 28

Other considerations:

The Oath or Affirmation on Admission must be spoken in either English or French in Nova Scotia (s. 3.9.6 of the Regulations made pursuant to the Legal Profession Act, S.N.S. 2004, c. 28).

A lawyer being called to the Bar in Nova Scotia may also swear or affirm the Canadian Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance in addition to the Oath or Affirmation on Admission:

I ... swear/affirm that as a lawyer, I shall, bear true allegiance to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second, her heirs and successors according to law.

Section 3.9.7 of the Regulations made pursuant to the Legal Profession Act, S.N.S. 2004, c. 28

 

 

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