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Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court is a superior court in the province of Nova Scotia.

The Supreme Court consists of 25 judicial seats including the position of Chief Justice and Associate Chief Justice.[1] At any given time there may be one or more additional justices who sit as supernumerary justices.[2] The justices sit in 18 different locations around the province.

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JurisdictionEdit

As with all superior courts across the country, the court is said to have inherent jurisdiction. It hears civil and criminal trials. The criminal trials can be judge alone or judge and jury. The court will also hear appeals from the provincial court, small claims court, Family court, and various provincial tribunals.

Appeals of Supreme Court decisions are then made to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.

HistoryEdit

 
1st Chief Justice Jonathan Belcher by John Singleton Copley (1754), Court Room 4, Nova Scotia Supreme Court
 
Thomas Andrew Lumisden Strange By Benjamin West, Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Court Room 5, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada[3]

While the first court administering the Common Law was established in Annapolis Royal in 1721, the creation of a Supreme Court took place on October 21, 1754, several years before the Province was granted a legislative assembly. The court is the oldest court in Canada and is among the oldest in North America.

Jonathan Belcher was appointed the first Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. The court's jurisdiction extended to the entire colony, which, after the Treaty of Paris ended the war with France in 1763, includes present day Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and eastern Maine.

In 1990, on the recommendation of the Nova Scotia Court Structure Task Force, the County and Supreme courts were merged to create a bench of 25 judges at the trial level. Since 1999, the Supreme Court also administers the Nova Scotia Family Division Court, with eight judges, that has jurisdiction over divorces and other family law cases in the Halifax and industrial Cape Breton.

Supreme Court Family DivisionEdit

The Supreme Court includes the Family Division which adjudicates matters of family law in the regions of Halifax and Cape Breton. As Supreme Court Justices, they have authority over both divorce as well as all other family law matters, unlike their provincial court counterparts who do not have the federal authority to adjudicate divorces.

Justices of the Supreme CourtEdit

Name Location Date appointed Appointed by Prior position(s)
Chief Justice Joseph Phillip Kennedy[4] Halifax April 16, 1997 (SC) and 1998 (CJ) Jean Chrétien (1997) and (1998) Supreme Court Justice (1997)
Chief Judge of Provincial Court (1993 to 1997)
Provincial Court Judge (1978 to 1993)
Kenney, Theakson, Kennedy & Allen (1969 to 1978)
Associate Chief Justice Deborah K. Smith[5] Halifax November 8, 2001 (SC) and 2004 (ACJ) Jean Chrétien (2001)
Paul Martin (2004)
McInnes Cooper (1983 to 2001)
Justice Mona M. Lynch[6] Bridgewater December 12, 2002 Jean Chrétien Dept of Justice, Youth Crime
NS Legal Aid (1987 to 1999)
Justice of Family Division
NS Legal Aid
Justice Glen G. McDougall[7] [8] Halifax November 8, 2001 Jean Chrétien Sampson McDougall LLP (1983 to 2001)
Justice Kevin Coady[9] Halifax November 6, 2003 Jean Chrétien Coady Filiter
Justice Gregory M. Warner [10] Kentville November 6, 2003 Jean Chrétien Warner, Jacquard
Pink Macdonald Harding
Town of Yarmouth
Justice Patrick J. Duncan[11][12] Halifax November 30, 2007 Stephen Harper Beveridge, MacPherson & Duncan (1986 to 2007)
NS Legal Aid (1980 to 1986)
Justice Patrick Murray[13][14][15] Sydney August 10, 2010 Stephen Harper Murray, Gouthro, Wall LLP (2002 to 2010)
Gillis and Murray LLP

Stewart, McKelvey, Stirling, Scales LLP (1991 to 2002)

Justice Pierre L. Muise[16][17] Yarmouth August 10, 2010 Stephen Harper Provincial Court Judge (2009 to 2010)

NS Public Prosecution Service (1996 to 2009)

Justice Peter Rosinski[18] Halifax August 11, 2010 Stephen Harper NS Public Prosecution Service (1989 to 2010)
Appeal Crown (2005 to 2010)
McLean & Associates (1989)
Margeson & Wilson(1988)
MacIntosh, MacDonnell & MacDonald (1986 to 1988)
Justice Michael Wood[19][20] Halifax October 3, 2011 Stephen Harper Burchells LLP (1982 to 2011)
Justice James L. Chipman[21][22] Halifax 2013 Stephen Harper Stewart McKelvey Sterling Scales LLP (1998 to 2013)

Cox Downie (1992 to 1998)

Justice Joshua M. Arnold[23][22] Halifax October 2, 2013 Stephen Harper Arnold Pizzo McKegan LLP (1996 to 2013)
NS Crown Attorney
Justice Robin C. M. Gogan[23][22] Sydney October 2, 2013 Stephen Harper Breton Law Group (2011 to 2013)

Sampson McDougall (2002 to 2011)

Justice Denise Boudreau[24] Halifax 18 December 2013 Stephen Harper Public Prosecution Service of Canada (2007 to 2013)
NS Legal Aid (1998 - 2007)
LeBlanc, MacDonald, and Pickup (1994 to 1998)
Justice Jamie Campbell[25] Halifax 13 June 2014 Stephen Harper Provincial Court Judge (2005 to 2014)

Cox Hansen (1983 to 2005)

Justice Jeffrey R. Hunt[26] Truro 6 February 2015 Stephen Harper Patterson Law (1992 to 2015)
Justice D. Timothy Gabriel[27] Halifax October 20, 2016 Justin Trudeau Provincial Court Judge (2010 to 2016)

Landry McGillivray (1982 to 2010)

Justice Ann E. Smith[28] Halifax October 20, 2016 Justin Trudeau Burchells LLP
Justice Christa Brothers[29][30] Halifax July 18, 2017 Justin Trudeau Stewart McKelvey Sterling Scales LLP
Supernumerary
Name Location Date appointed Appointed by Prior position(s)
Justice A. David Macadam Halifax 1992 Brian Mulroney
Justice Margaret Stewart Bridgewater 1992 Brian Mulroney
Justice Frank C. Edwards Sydney 1993 Jean Chrétien
Justice Suzanne M. Hood[31] Halifax December 20, 1995 Jean Chrétien City of Dartmouth (1993 to 1995)
Huestis, Holm (1977 to 1993)
Justice Gerald R. P. Moir[32] Halifax March 19, 1997 Jean Chrétien Bruchell, MacDougall (1984 to 1997)
Federal Business Development Bank (1980 to 1984)
Weldo, Misener & Covert (1977 to 1980)
Justice M. Heather Robertson[33] Halifax June 30, 1998 Jean Chrétien Chief of Staff to the Premier of Nova Scotia (1995)
Burchell, MacDougall (1986 to 1998)
Walker, Dunlop (1985 to 1986)
Justice Robert William Wright[34] Halifax June 30, 1998 Jean Chrétien Daley, Black & Moreira
Justice C. Richard Coughlan[35] Bridgewater March 2, 2001 Jean Chrétien Coughlan and Coughlan
Justice John D. Murphy[36] Halifax March 2, 2001 Jean Chrétien Stewart McKelvey
Justice N. M. (Nick) Scaravelli[37] Pictou/Antigonish December 15, 2006 Stephen Harper Macintosh MacDonnell & MacDonald (1977 to 2006)

Fitzgerald and Assoc. (1974 to 1977)

Past JudgesEdit

Name Prior position(s)
Justice Felix A. Cacchione[38] Supreme court Justice (June 12, 1986, to February 27, 2018)
Private Practice
Nova Scotia Legal Aid
Justice Elizabeth Van den Eynden[39][40] (Oct 2, 2013 to February, 2015)
Justice Arthur W. D. Pickup[41] [42] Supreme Court Justice (December 11, 2002, to September 30, 2016)
LeBlanc, MacDonald & Pickup (1975 to 2002)
Justice Linda Lee Oland (1998–2000) appointed to Court of Appeal
Justice Arthur Joseph LeBlanc (1998–2017) appointed Lieutenant Governor[43]
Justice Joseph Michael MacDonald (1995–2005) appointed to Court of Appeal
Justice Marlene Jill Hamilton (1995–2001)[44] appointed to Court of Appeal (Oct 31, 2001)
Justice John Edward Flinn (1995–2002)
Justice J. Edward Scanlan (1993–2015) appointed to Court of Appeal
Justice Hiram Joseph Carver (1993–2005)
Justice Nancy Jean Bateman (1993–1995) appointed to Court of Appeal
Justice Charles Edward Haliburton[45] Supreme Court Justice (January 1993 to 2013)
Eric Kinsman (1962 to 1986)
Member of Parliament (1972 to 1974, 1979 to 1980)
Justice Ian Palmeter (County Court: 1985–1993) (1993–1997)
Justice Simon James MacDonald[46] Supreme Court Justice (January 30, 1993 to December 17, 2016)
County Court Judge (November 18, 1982 to January 30, 1993)
NS Crown attorney
MacIntyre, MacDonald & Gillis
federal Department of Justice
Justice Donald MacKinnon Hall (County: 1982 to 1993) (1993–2006)
Justice Douglas Lawrence MacLennan (1993–?)
Justice Norman Robert Anderson (1993–1998)
Justice John Hugh MacDonnell (1993–1995)
Justice Murray James Ryan (1993–1994)
Justice Ronald Newton Pugsley (1993–2000)
Justice Jamie William Sutherland Saunders (1990–2015)
Justice David William Gruchy (1990–2007)
Justice Walter Robert Evans Goodfellow (1990–2009)
Justice Allan Paul Boudreau[47] Supernumerary (2007 to October 31, 2016)
Supreme Court Justice (March 30, 1990 to 2007)
Crawford, Boudreau & Khattar (1975 to March 30, 1990)
Justice Gerald B Freeman (County: 1988 to 1990) (1990–1993) appointed to the Court of Appeal
Justice Elizabeth Ann MacKinnon Roscoe (1989–1992) Appointed to Court of Appeal
Justice David Ritchie Chipman (1987–2000)
Justice John McNab Davison (1987–2008)
Justice Gordon Alfred Tidman (1985–2007)
Justice Francis Bernard William Kelly (1985–2009)
Justice Kenneth McNeill Matthews (1985–1997)
Justice Robert Buckley MacDonald (1985–1995)
Justice Hilroy Selig Nathanson (1982–2007)
Justice Daniel Merlin Nunn (1982–2005) [11]
Justice Lorne Otis Clarke (1981–1997) Appointed to Court of Appeal
Justice Roderick MacLeod Rogers (1981–1998)
Justice Charles Denne Burchell (1979–1989)
Justice Kenneth Peter Richard (1978–?)
Justice Leonard Lawson Pace (1978–1990)
Justice Constance Rachlle Glube (1977–1998) appointed to Court of Appeal
Justice James Doane Hallett (1977–1990) appointed to Court of Appeal
Justice William Johnston Grant (1977–1995)
Justice Angus Lewis Macdonald (1973–1992)
Justice Alexander Murdoch Macintosh (1973–1991)
Justice Ian Malcolm MacKeigan (1973–1990)
Justice Vincent Alan James Morrison (1973–1987)
Justice Malachi Cornelius Hubert Jones (1970–1979) appointed to Court of Appeal
Justice Gordon Leavitt Shaw Hart (1968–1999)
Justice Donald Joseph Gillis (1968–1973)
Justice Arthur Gordon Cooper (1968–1983)
Justice Justin Louis Dubisky (1967–1976)
Justice Gordon Stewart Cowan (1966–1981)
Justice Alexander Hugh McKinnon (1966–1973)
Justice Ronald Manning Fielding (1965–1972)
Justice Vincent Joseph Pottier (1965–1970)
Justice Thomas Herbert Coffin (1961–1981)
Justice Frederick William Bissett (1961–1977)
Justice Frank Harris Patterson (1958–1965)
Justice Vincent Christopher MacDonald (1950–1964)
Justice Lauchlin Daniel Currie (1949–1968)
Justice James Lorimer llsley (1949–1967)
Justice Eugene Troop Parker (1948–1961)
Justice Josiah H. MacQuarrie (1947–1968)
Justice John Stanley Smiley (1938–1945)

Judges of the Supreme Court Family DivisionEdit

Name Location Appointed by Prior position(s)
Associate Chief Justice Lawrence I. O'Neil[48] Halifax Stephen Harper Justice of Family Division (19 September 2007 to present)
NS Legal Aid, Antigonish (1999 to 2007)
Pickup & MacDowell (1997 to 1999)
Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada (1990 to 1993)
Sole Practitioner (1989 to 1990)
Member of Parliament (1984 to November 21, 1988)
Assistant to the Premier of Nova Scotia (1980 to 1982)
Justice Leslie J. Dellapinna[49] Halifax Jean Chrétien (June 7, 2001) Cox Hanson O'Reilly Matheson
Justice Theresa M. Forgeron[50] Sydney Paul Martin (June 24, 2005) H. F. MacIntyre and Associates
Justice Kenneth Haley[51] Sydney Stephen Harper (July 31, 2008) Crown attorney (1984 to 2008)
MacLellan, MacDonald & Haley (1980 to 1984)
Justice Elizabeth Jollimore[52] Halifax November 28, 2008 Stewart McKelvey (1988 to 2008)
Olsers (1987 to 1988)
Justice Beryl A. MacDonald[53] Halifax Paul Martin (March 24, 2005) Hicks, LeMoine
Justice Robert M. Gregan[54] Sydney Stephen Harper (June 24, 2015) NS Legal Aid
Hicks, Lemoine (1991 to 2003)
Justice Robert Ferguson[55] Halifax Chrétien (March 24, 1999) McIntyre, Gillis & Ferguson (1962 to 1971)
Family Court (1971 to 1999)
Justice Carole A. Beaton[56] Halifax Stephen Harper (February 4, 2011) Provincial court (2002 to 2011)
Beaton Blaikie (1994 to 2002)
Sole practitioner (1992 to 1994)
Creighton & Shatford (1988 to 1992)
Justice C. Lou Ann Chiasson[57] Halifax
Justice Cindy G. Cormier[58] (October 10, 2014) Halifax Stephen Harper Department of Justice
Justice R. Lester Jesudason Halifax Stephen Harper Blois Nickerson
Justice Pamela J. MacKeigan Halifax Blois Nickerson
NS Legal Aid
Justice Lee Anne MacLeod-Archer Sydney
Justice Cindy Murray[59] Halifax
Supernumerary
Name Location Date of appointment Prior position(s)
Justice R. James Williams[60] Halifax March 24, 1999 Walker, Dunlop (1986 to 1987)
Blois, Nickerson, Palmeter and Bryson (1987 to 1999)
Justice Moira C. Legere-Sers[60] Port Hawkesbury March 24, 1999 NS Legal Aid (1993 to 1999)
Maritime Life Assurance Company (1980 to 1984)
Boyne Clark (1977 to 1980)
Justice Deborah Gass[60] Halifax March 24, 1999 Executive Director of the Penitentiary Legal Services (1979 to 1991)
Wright, Chivers & Co (1977)
Justice Darryl W. Wilson[60] Sydney March 24, 1999 Family Court (1985 to 1999)
Crown attorney (1980 to 1982)
Edwards & Wilson (1976 to 1980)
Retired
Name Prior position(s)
Justice M. Clare MacLellan[61][60] Provincial Court Judge (1995 to 1998) and Supreme Court Family Division (1998 to 2017)
Justice Douglas C. Campbell[62][60] Family Division, Halifax (March 30, 1999, to May 31, 2016)
Cox Hansen O'Reilly Matheson (1971 to March 30, 1999)

ReferencesEdit

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