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ORDER AUDIO CD OF COURT PROCEEDINGS >>

NOTIFY MEDIA OF AN APPLICATION FOR A PUBLICATION BAN >>

DOCUMENTS TO CORRECT ERRORS & OMISSIONS IN COURT ORDERS (RULE 78.08) >>

RECENTLY RELEASED DECISIONS >>

PAST DECISIONS OF THE COURTS >>

THE PROTHONOTARY'S HINTS & TIPS >>

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 >>

 

May 7, 2018 - The Provincial Court of Nova Scotia has issued a Practice Directive that will help counsel identify and manage complex cases. MORE INFO >>

April 19, 2018 - The Prothonotary has published his latest edition of "Hints & Tips" for the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. READ IT HERE >>

April 10, 2018 - The Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts is looking for volunteer lawyers and law students to help with the upcoming spring/summer session. MORE INFO >>

March 28, 2018 - The Long Trial Intake Schedule for Courtroom #6 in Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road, Halifax, is now ready. This schedule covers the period between July and December 2018. READ/PRINT SCHEDULE >>

March 12, 2018 - Members of the Bar are advised that late filings to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court (Family Division) may result in the affected matters being removed from the docket and cost orders may be made against an offending party or counsel. MORE INFO >>

Feb. 23 - Expanded guest Wi-Fi is now available at all Nova Scotia courthouses. This free service is for lawyers, self-represented litigants & others visiting the building. MORE INFO >>

Feb. 9, 2018 - An updated version of the consolidated Civil Procedure Rules of Nova Scotia and related courts forms is now online. This includes the most recent amendments approved on Jan. 26, 2018. MORE INFO >>

Feb. 2, 2018 - Judges of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court have approved amendments to various Civil Procedure Rules and Practice Memorandums, effective Jan. 26, 2018.
MORE INFO >>

Feb. 2, 2018 - Family law lawyers are invited to attend an information session on Feb. 21 to learn more about the new Domestic Violence Court, opening at the Provincial Court in Halifax next month. MORE INFO >>

Jan. 30, 2018 - The Registrars of Probate want to remind counsel that the Registrar should be notified immediately if they become aware of proceedings in other Nova Scotia Courts that involve the same parties to an existing Probate proceeding. MORE INFO >>

Jan. 29, 2018 - The Judges of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court have approved a new Practice Memorandum outlining the procedure for Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy appeals. MORE INFO >>

Jan. 4, 2018 - Starting Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, the cell block and consultation rooms on the basement level of the Halifax Law Courts will be closed for approximately three months. MORE INFO >>

Jan. 4, 2018 - Effective immediately, there is a new Prothonotary serving the Halifax location of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. MORE INFO >>

Dec. 27, 2017 - The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal is now accepting applications for its annual Clerkship Program. The deadline to apply is March 9, 2018. MORE INFO >>

Dec. 14, 2017 - The Nova Scotia Supreme Court (Family Division) has published a list of hints and tips to assist counsel and self-represented individuals with matters before that Court. READ IT HERE >>

Dec. 5, 2017 - The Nova Scotia Courts have posted the dates when all courthouses will shut down operations for the holidays. MORE INFO >>

Nov. 30, 2017 - The Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts is looking for volunteer lawyers and law students to help with the upcoming winter session. MORE >>

Nov. 29, 2017 - The Nova Scotia Supreme Court and the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia have approved the use of a common Designation of Counsel form, as provided for by section 650.01 of the Criminal Code. MORE INFO >>

Nov. 17, 2017 - Registration is now open for Media & the Law: Working Together to Improve Access & Public Trust, a conference for journalists, judges, lawyers and students. This event is scheduled for May 11 & 12, 2018, in Halifax. MORE INFO >>

Nov. 6, 2017 - The Long Trial Intake Schedule for Courtroom #6 in Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road, Halifax, is now ready. This schedule covers the period between December 2017 and June 2018. READ/PRINT SCHEDULE >>

Nov. 3, 2017 - Members of the Bar are advised that the Registrars of Probate in Nova Scotia have updated their procedures pursuant to regulations under the Intestate Succession Act. MORE INFO >>

Sept. 26, 2017 - The Prothonotary has published her latest edition of "Hints & Tips" for the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. READ IT HERE >>

Sept. 11, 2017 - The Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary is looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming fall session of the Free Legal Clinic in Halifax. MORE INFO >>

July 27, 2017 - An updated version of the consolidated Civil Procedure Rules of Nova Scotia and related courts forms is now online. This includes the most recent amendments approved on June 23, 2017. MORE INFO >>

July 20, 2017 - Starting Tuesday, July 25, there is a new Prothonotary serving the Halifax location of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. MORE INFO >>

July 6, 2017 - The Judges of the Supreme Court have approved amendments to Rule 59 - Family Division Rules and related Forms under the Civil Procedure Rules of Nova Scotia.
REVIEW THE AMENDMENTS >>
AMENDED FORMS >>

June 23, 2017 - Nova Scotia's Criminal Justice Transformation Group has released a new protocol to help defence attorneys decide when it is appropriate for counsel or a client to appear in Provincial Court by video. MORE INFO >>

June 22, 2017 - Are you eligible to apply or have you applied for a judicial appointment in Nova Scotia? If so, you may be eligible for our introductory Nova Scotia Judicial Mentorship Initiative for African Nova Scotian and Indigenous lawyers. MORE INFO >>

June 2, 2017 - Judges of the Supreme Court have approved amendments to the Practice Memorandum and related forms for the Family Division. MORE INFO >>

May 26, 2017 - The Prothonotary has published her latest edition of "Hints & Tips", including a summary of recent amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules. READ IT HERE >>

May 23, 2017 - The Judges of the Supreme Court have approved amendments to various rules and forms of the Civil Procedure Rules of Nova Scotia. MORE INFO >>

May 16, 2017 - The Judges of the Supreme Court have approved the addition of Practice Memorandum 11 - Quieting Titles, to the Civil Procedure Rules of Nova Scotia.
READ PRACTICE MEMORANDUM 11 >>

April 28, 2017 - Family law lawyers and their paralegals are invited to join Valerie MacKenzie, Coordinator of Policy & Compliance, and Court Services staff to discuss amendments to the Maintenance and Custody Act, which will become the Parenting and Support Act upon proclamation.
DETAILS ON INFO SESSIONS >>

April 10, 2017 - The Free Legal Clinic in Halifax is looking for lawyers and law students to volunteer for the 2017 spring/summer term. If you're interested, please contact Meaghan Gillis in the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary, at 902-424-3690 or by email at Meaghan.Gillis@courts.ns.ca. MORE INFO >>

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 >>

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Family Law Practice Tips For Practitioners

These memoranda were prepared by Justice Doug Campbell of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court - Family Division. Justice Campbell 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 from the Nova Scotia Prothonotary/Registrar

Recent Hints & Tips
April 18, 2018 - HINTS & TIPS 114 >>
Sept. 26, 2017: HINTS & TIPS 113 >>
May 26, 2017: HINTS & TIPS 112 >>
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 >>
 

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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