Applications Sought for Roster of Independent Human Rights Adjudicators

Nov 01, 2023

Qualified lawyers from diverse communities with experience in human rights law are invited to apply to become members of a board of inquiry adjudicator roster for human rights cases. The deadline for applicaions has been extended until midnight, December 16, 2023.

Adjudicators are an essential part of the province’s independent human rights system as defined by the provincial Human Rights Act. Under the act, when a claim of discrimination cannot be settled through the established dispute resolution process at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, it may be referred to a human rights board of inquiry for a public hearing and adjudication. These boards are independent of the commission and led by a chair appointed from a roster of qualified lawyers by the chief judge of the provincial court.

The commission is administering the process to recruit applicants. A selection committee independent of the commission is responsible for screening, interviewing and recommending qualified candidates.

The deadline for applications is midnight December 16.

Criteria for becoming an adjudicator include:

  • member in good standing with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and at least five years of experience in the legal profession
  • experience in chairing hearings, meetings, or consultations where there are conflicting interests
  • experience with human rights legislation and/or human rights issues
  • high degree of cultural competency demonstrated by personal and/or professional experience such as working in and with equity-deserving communities
  • resident of Nova Scotia; selection committee may recommend someone living within a reasonable travel radius of the province (New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island).

More information about qualifications, related policies and how to apply is available here.