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March 1, 2017 - The Long Trial Intake Schedule for Courtroom #6 in Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road in Halifax is now ready. This schedule covers the period between July and December of 2017. READ/PRINT SCHEDULE >>

Feb. 21, 2017 - The Mental Health Court team has updated the eligibility requirements for consideration in Nova Scotia's Mental Health Court Program. MORE INFO >>

Feb. 15, 2017 - The Chief Justice of Nova Scotia wants to thank the Bar for its contributions to the Free Legal Clinic in Halifax, and is inviting lawyers to take part in a new expanded initiative to improve access to justice in Cape Breton. READ THE CHIEF JUSTICE'S LETTER >>

Feb. 6, 2017 - The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal is now accepting applications for its annual Clerkship Program. The deadline to apply is March 17, 2017. MORE INFO >>

Dec. 12, 2016 - The Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts is looking for lawyers and law students to volunteer for the 2017 winter session. If you're interested, please contact Meaghan Gillis, Office Coordinator in the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary, at 902-424-3690 or by email at Meaghan.Gillis@courts.ns.ca. MORE INFO >>

Nov. 18, 2016 - The Prothonotary has published her latest edition of "Hints & Tips", including information about the Prothonotary Office's holiday hours. READ IT HERE >>

Nov. 14, 2016 - The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has approved an amendment to Practice Memorandum #4 - Courtroom Attire for Counsel. MORE INFO >>

Oct. 19, 2016 - The Long Trial Intake Schedule for Courtroom #6 in Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road in Halifax is now ready. This schedule covers the period between January and May of 2017. READ/PRINT SCHEDULE >>

Oct. 13, 2016 - Free guest Wi-Fi is now available at most courthouses in Nova Scotia. To get access, ask the front counter staff and a temporary user name and password will be provided. Please note: all users are required to follow the POLICIES FOR USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN COURTHOUSES & COURTROOMS >>

Aug. 22, 2016 - Are you a lawyer or law student looking to give back to the community and help improve access to justice? The Free Legal Clinic needs you! If you're interested in volunteering for the fall/winter session, please contact Ms. Meaghan Gillis, Office Coordinator in the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary, at 902-424-3690 or by email at Meaghan.Gillis@courts.ns.ca. MORE INFO >>

Aug. 11, 2016 - An updated version of the consolidated Civil Procedure Rules of Nova Scotia and associated courts forms is now online. This includes the most recent amendments approved on June 24, 2016. MORE INFO >>

June 29, 2016 - The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has approved amendments to various Civil Procedure Rules and Forms. MORE INFO >>

June 28, 2016 - The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has introduced a new Practice Memorandum on Taxable Disbursements, part of the Civil Procedure Rules. MORE INFO>>

June 24, 2016 -The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has approved amendments to Practice Memorandum No. 1 (Foreclosure Procedures) of the Civil Procedure Rules. MORE INFO >>

April 13, 2016 - The Long Trial Intake Schedule for Courtroom #6 in Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road in Halifax has been drawn up. This schedule covers the period between July and December 2016. READ/PRINT SCHEDULE >>

April 6, 2016 - The Free Legal Clinic wants you – pro bono! We are looking for lawyers to volunteer for the spring/summer term, on Thursday mornings. To volunteer, contact Meaghan Gillis, Office Co-ordinator in the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary, 902-424-3690, Meaghan.Gillis@courts.ns.ca.MORE INFO >>

March 23, 2016 - Court Revises Draft Temporary Practice Memorandum on Physician Assisted Death": The judges of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia have revised the "Draft Temporary Practice Memorandum on Physician Assisted Death" first released on March 4. It will be considered by the by the court as a whole on May 12 and 13, 2016. Submissions can be made in writing to Justice James L. Chipman or Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy at the following address:

The Law Courts
1815 Upper Water Street
Halifax NS B3J 1S7

Read the Revised Draft Temporary Practice Memorandum on Physician Assisted Death HERE >>

March 15, 2016 - The Provincial Prothonotary has posted her latest edition of Hits & Tips on the Courts website. Look for the link to edition #108 at the BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE >>.

March 15, 2016 - Effective March 21, 2016, the Probate Court and Bankruptcy Court Administration Offices will be relocated. More information HERE >>

March 7, 2016 - The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has amended Civil Procedure Rule 13. READ AMENDMENTS >>

March 4, 2016 - The Courts are seeking submissions on a Draft Temporary Practice Memorandum on Physician Assisted Death. The judges of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia have released a "Draft Temporary Practice Memorandum on Physician Assisted Death" for comment and guidance. It will be considered by the Court's Rule Committee, chaired by Justice James L. Chipman, on March 17, 2016 and by the court as a whole on May 12 and 13, 2016. Submissions can be made in writing to Justice James L. Chipman or Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy at the following address:

The Law Courts
1815 Upper Water Street
Halifax NS B3J 1S7

Read the Draft Temporary Practice Memorandum on Physician Assisted Death HERE >>

March 3, 2016 - Supreme Court of Nova Scotia's Practice Memorandum 9 - Insolvency is available HERE >>

Feb. 29, 2016 - The 20th installment of Justice Doug Campbell's Family Law Practice Tips has been posted on this website. #20 - "Pension Division on Marriage Breakdown" is available HERE >>

Jan. 27, 2016 - The 19th installment of Justice Doug Campbell's Family Law Practice Tips has been posted on this website. #19 - "CPP Division on Marriage Break-Down" is available HERE >>

Jan. 19, 2016 - NSCA & NSSC now accepting applications for their annual Clerkship Programs (deadline is March 18th). For details go to:
COURT OF APPEAL PROGRAM >>
SUPREME COURT PROGRAM >>

Jan. 19, 2016 - The 18th installment of Justice Doug Campbell's Family Law Practice Tips has been posted on this website. #18 - "Marginal Rates Chart For 2016 Tax Year" is available HERE >>

Nov. 5, 2015 - Court of Appeal introduces "rolling" dockets - providing information about matters that are scheduled for hearing farther into the future. START HERE >>

Oct. 23, 2015 - The Provincial Prothonotary has posted her latest edition of Hits & Tips on the Courts website. Look for the link to edition #106 at the BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE >>.

Oct. 7, 2015 - The Long Trial Intake Schedule for courtroom #6 in Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road in Halifax has been drawn up. This schedule covers the period between January 1st and June 30th of 2016. READ/PRINT SCHEDULE >>

Sept. 30, 2015 - Court of Appeal has updated the chronological and alphabetical lists of WCAT appeal decisions that need not be included in your book of authorities. Links to the new lists are HERE >>

Sept. 15, 2015 - The Provincial Prothonotary has posted her latest edition of Hits & Tips on the Courts website. Look for the link to edition #105 at the BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE >>.

Sept. 14, 2015 - FREE LEGAL CLINIC OPEN Every Thursday at Halifax Law Courts. Free legal advice in private, one-hour sessions for self-represented litigants dealing with civil or family law matters in the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeal. LEARN MORE >>

Sept. 1, 2015 - Ms. Caroline McInnes has returned to her position as Provincial Prothonotary for the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia and Registrar of the Court of Appeal. She has been on leave for the past year. Ms. A.E. Anselm, who has been acting Provincial Prothonotary and Registrar during Ms. McInnes' absence, returns to her postion as Prothonotary of the Supreme Court in Halifax and Deputy Registrar of the Court of Appeal.

Aug. 31, 2015 - The Civil Procedure Rules of Nova Scotia are now available on the Courts website in a mobile-friendly format. They are also searchable as a Rules-only collection of web pages. And they include new MS-Word versions of the related Forms (in addition to the original interactive PDF Forms). EXPLORE >>

Aug. 4, 2015 - Second floor of Halifax Law Courts re-opening on Monday, August 10th. First floor will be closed. Barristers' robing room moving to 3rd floor.

July 6, 2015 - The Prothonotary has published her latest edition of "Hints & Tips" including information about Prothonotary's Halifax Office summer hours.READ IT HERE >>

July 2, 2015 - The phone number used for Telephone Date Assignment Conferences and Telephone Trial Readiness Conferences at the Halifax Law Courts will change as of July 10th, 2015. READ NOTICE >>

July 2, 2015 - The Supreme Court has amended Civil Procedure Rule 82.09 and added Practice Memorandum #8 - "Model CCAA and Receivership Orders".
READ AMENDMENTS>>
READ PRACTICE MEMORANDUM >>

June 24, 2015 - Robert M. Gregan, a lawyer with the Amherst office of Nova Scotia Legal Aid, has been appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Family Division in Sydney. READ MORE >>

June 5, 2015 - The 17th installment of Justice Doug Campbell's Family Law Practice Tips has been posted on this website. #17 - "Establishment or Variation of Child Support, Retroactively" (includes spreadsheets for calculations) is now available HERE >>
Please note: No new installments will be published for the next several months.

June 5, 2015 - The Supreme Court has amended a number of the Civil Procedure Rules. The link to these amendments can be found here: AMENDMENTS >> at the upper left of the list.

June 2, 2015 - A Robing Ceremony will be held for Justice R. Lester Jesudason on Monday, July 6th at 2:00 PM. Justice Jesudason was appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Family Division in Halifax on May 5th, 2015. READ MORE>>

May 5, 2015 - R. Lester Jesudason Q.C. has been appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Family Division in Halifax. READ MORE>>

April 14, 2015 -Judge Elizabeth Buckle was sworn-in on Friday, May 22. The ceremony was held at the Halifax Provincial Court.
SEE: ELIZABETH BUCKLE APPOINTED >>

April 20, 2015 - Judge Tim Daley was sworn-in on Friday May 8, 2015. The ceremony was held in the Pictou courthouse. SEE: TIM DALEY APPOINTED >>

April 7, 2015 - The Halifax Regional Municipality is working towards changing the manner in which tax certificates are requested for the purpose of preparing for Foreclosure sales within Sheriff’s Services. This process will become the responsibility of the Law Firms.
READ MORE >>

March 31, 2015 - Elizabeth Buckle, of the Halifax law firm MacKinnon Buckle Stevenson, has been appointed to the Provincial and Family Courts. She will be sitting in Amherst. READ MORE >>

Feb. 27, 2015 - The 15th installment of Justice Doug Campbell's Family Law Practice Tips has been posted on this website. #15 - "Dividing Matrimonial Assets And Debts" (includes a spreadsheet for calculations) is available HERE >> Please note: No new installments will be published for the next several weeks.

Feb. 3, 2015: The Long Trial Intake Schedule for courtroom #6 in Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road in Halifax has been drawn up. This schedule covers the period between June 1st and December 31st of 2015. READ/PRINT SCHEDULE HERE >>

Jan. 30, 2015 - The Supreme Court's Practice Memorandum #1 - Foreclosure Procedures - has been amended. A paragraph regarding "a plaintiff who proposes that the foreclosure auction be conducted by a lawyer ...." has been added. READ AMENDMENT >>

Jan. 23, 2015 - The Provincial Court has several new Forms related to Rowbotham Counsel and now part of Rule 2.1(1). The Court has also created five new Practice Directives. They have been added to the Provincial Court's ..... CRIMINAL RULES & FORMS PAGE >>

Dec. 1, 2014 - The Long Trial Intake Schedule for courtroom #6 in Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road in Halifax has been drawn up. This schedule covers the period between January 1st and May 31st of 2015. READ/PRINT SCHEDULE HERE >>

Nov. 28, 2014 - Starting on Monday, December 1st, the second floor (including the entrance) in the Law Courts building on Upper Water Street (Halifax) will be closed for renovations. During renovations, the only access to the Law Courts building will be through the doors in the two levels of the parking garage. They are located in the centre of the wall closest to the building, one on each floor of the parking garage.

Nov. 28, 2014 - Fourth installment of Justice Doug Campbell's Family Law Practice Tips - "Marginal Rates of Income Tax Simplified" - has been posted HERE >>

Nov. 24, 2014 - SH-427840 - Trinity Western University and Braydon Volkenant vs. The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society ... AND ... SH-428587 - Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms Vs. Trinity Western University, Brayden Volkenant, and Nova Scotia Barrister's Society will be webcast live starting on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014. WATCH WEBCAST LIVE >>

Nov. 21, 2014 - Justice Doug Campbell of the Supreme Court Family Division has published three issues of his Family Law Practice Tips for family law practitioners. Click here to access: FAMILY LAW PRACTICE TIPS >> To read a memo from Lawrence O’Neil, the Associate Chief Justice of the Court, to the Nova Scotia Family Law Bar regarding this initiative, CLICK HERE >>

November 2014 - It has come to the Courts’ attention that Counsel do not always file two copies of Briefs as required by CIVIL PROCEDURE RULE 40.03 (1)(2) >> Please ensure that two copies of Briefs are filed with the Courts.

October 2014 - REMINDER ..... When ordering a CD copy of the audio recordings of court proceedings, please use only the form currently available on the Courts of Nova Scotia website: CD ORDER FORM >> The form changes from time to time. Recently, the Courts have been receiving outdated versions – probably downloaded and printed a number of years ago. As well, please note that the accompanying instructions say the completed form should be filed with (faxed to) the courthouse in which the proceedings were held. Contact information for the Province’s courthouses can be found here: CONTACT A COURTHOUSE >>

Sept. 9, 2014 - Starting Wednesday September 10, the lower parkade exit door at the Halifax Law Courts (Upper Water St.) will be closed for the installation of an exterior vestibule. Construction will take from three to five weeks. During this time, those parking on the "daily paid parking" floor of the parkade will have to enter the building from the door on the "monthly parking" floor above or from the courthouse's main entrance (off the plaza above street level). For first floor emergency evacuation procedures, check at the reception desk on the building's main floor.

Aug. 14, 2014 - Caroline McInnes, Provincial Prothonotary and Registrar of the Court of Appeal, will be commencing a one year term of absence on Monday, August 18, 2014. Ms. A. E. Anselm has been appointed to serve in Ms. McInnes’ absence. Ms. Anselm has served as Supreme Court Prothonotary at the Halifax Law Courts, and Deputy Registrar of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal since March of 2012. Ms. Anselm can be reached at 424-8962 or via email at anselmae@gov.ns.ca.

General Materials:


SUPREME COURT DOCUMENT COVER >>

VIDEO CONFERENCING ARRANGEMENTS >>

VIDEO CONFERENCE PILOT PROJECT >>

COURT OF APPEAL ADVOCACY PRACTICE >>

 

PROTOCOL FOR RELEASE OF DECISIONS >>

 

EXHIBIT HANDLING PROTOCOL >>

 

NOTICE: CHAMBERS COVER SHEETS >>

 

Aug. 1, 2014 - The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has amended Practice Memorandum #1 - "Foreclosure Procedures". To read the amendments which were made June 27 2014, CLICK HERE >>

July 17, 2014 - The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has amended several Civil Procedure Rules and created two new Forms.
Amended Rules: 4, 5, 10, 31, 54, 70, and 82 READ AMENDMENTS >>
New Forms: 5.09 "Notice of Respondent's Claim", 5.10 "Notice of Contents of Respondent's Claim" SEE NEW FORMS >>

July 4, 2014 - The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has amended two Practice Memorandums;
#2 "Affidavits Of Service" and #5 "E-Disclosure". The Court has also created a "B" version of Practice Memorandum #6 "Infant Settlement Precedents".
To view the amendments, made on June 27th, 2014, CLICK HERE >>
To view the new Practice Memorandum #6B "Infant Settlement Precedents" (under $25,000)", CLICK HERE >>

March 4, 2014 - The Provincial Court Judges who regularly sit in Dartmouth expect that the Solicitor of Record or Crown Attorney who is assigned the file will attend pretrial or pre-preliminary conferences. It important for the efficiency and utility of these conferences that the person with the actual carriage of the file be present. Every effort will be made, at the time of the setting down, to accommodate counsel's schedules.

April 10, 2014 - The hours of operation at the FLIP Centre in the courthouse on Devonshire Ave. in Halifax are being extended.
As of Monday, April 14th, 2014, the Centre will be open 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday. MORE INFORMATION >>

 

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Family Law Practice Tips For Practitioners

These memoranda are prepared by Justice Doug Campbell of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court - Family Division. Justice Campbell has presided in the Supreme Court Family Division for more than 15 years. He was also a senior Family Law Practitioner in Halifax when he was appointed to the Bench.

These practice tips are intended to help Family Law Practitioners who appear in the Supreme Court throughout the Province. They may also be of help to litigants who are representing themselves in the Court.

They represent Justice Campbell's personal viewpoint and may or may not require some adjustment to conform to the preferences or practices of individual Judges. Use them at your own discretion and subject to your own judgment.

ISSUE

TITLE / SUBJECT MATTER

DATE PUBLISHED

#1

INTRODUCING DOCUMENTARY EXHIBITS IN COURT >>

November 17, 2014

#2

THE USE OF EXHIBIT BOOKS AT TRIAL >>

November 17, 2014

#3

ADDRESSING A SUPREME COURT JUDGE IN FAMILY DIVISION >>

November 21, 2014

#4

MARGINAL RATES OF INCOME TAX SIMPLIFIED >>

November 28, 2014

#5

THE MARGINAL RATES CHART >>

December 5, 2014

#5A

THE MARGINAL RATES CHART FOR 2015 >>

December 5, 2014

#6

MARGINAL RATES - SAMPLE CALCULATIONS >>

December 5, 2014

#7

TAX DEDUCTIONS V. TAX CREDITS >>

December 12, 2014

#8

PROCESSING THE DIVORCE IN THE COURTROOM >>

December 19, 2014

#9

THE GROUND FOR DIVORCE - ALTERNATIVE PROOF >>

January 9, 2015

#10

DETAILED PROOF OF MARRIAGE >>

January 16, 2015

#11

THE TAX GROSS UP FORMULA >>

January 23, 2015

#12

WHERE TO SIT IN THE COURTROOM >>

January 30, 2015

#13

COURT ORDERED SALE OF THE MATRIMONIAL HOME >>

February 13, 2015

#14

RRSP TAX DISCOUNT >>

February 20, 2015

#15

DIVIDING MATRIMONIAL ASSETS AND DEBTS >>
Spreadsheet for Making Calculations >>
NOTE: For quicker access to the spreadsheet, save it first, then open it.

February 27, 2015

#16

PARENTING TIME >>
Spreadsheets for Parenting Time Division >>
NOTE: For quicker access to Excel file, save it first, then open it.

May 19, 2015

#17

CHILD SUPPORT - RETROACTIVELY >>
Spreadsheets for Calculating Child Support Retroactively >>
NOTE: For quicker access to Excel file, save it first, then open it

June 5, 2015

#18

THE MARGINAL RATES CHART FOR 2016 TAX YEAR >>

January 19, 2016

#19

CPP DIVISION ON MARRIAGE BREAK-DOWN >>

January 27, 2016

#20

PENSION DIVISION ON MARRIAGE BREAK-DOWN >>

February 29, 2016

 

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Hints and Tips Newsletter from the Nova Scotia's Prothonotary/Registrar

Most Recent Hints & Tips
Hints & Tips from Past Years
November 18, 2016: HINTS & TIPS 111 >>
 
July 15, 2016: HINTS & TIPS 110 >>
 
May 20, 2016: HINTS & TIPS 109 >>
 
March 14, 2016: HINTS & TIPS 108 >>
 
January 15, 2016: HINTS & TIPS 107 >>
 
   

Consolidated Catalogue of Newsletters
from the Province's Prothonotary/Registrar


HINTS AND TIPS 2002 TO 2012 >>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Any questions regarding the notices listed on this page should be addressed to the Prothonotary/Registrar:
E-MAIL THE PROTHONOTARY/REGISTRAR >>

 

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