"It is always a great day when we receive news of a new judge. It’s even better when that new appointment is someone with Judge Manning’s experience, commitment and character. I want to wish our new colleague all the best in this stage of his legal career. Being a judge can be challenging work, but it is also tremendously rewarding.”


- The Honourable Pamela Williams, Chief Judge of the Provincial & Family Courts


Judge Chris Manning

Judge Chris Manning has practiced law for 33 years. He graduated from Dalhousie Law School and was called to the Bar on August 5, 1985.

Before his appointment, Judge Manning spent his early career as a criminal defense lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid. He later joined a small private firm, continuing his criminal defence work, before opening his own practice, Manning and Associates. He has also acted as a per diem Crown attorney since 1991.

As a lawyer, Judge Manning served as a mentor in the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Mentorship Program and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Hearing Committee. He was also on the roster of the province’s new Free Independent Legal Advice program for victims of sexual assault.

Judge Manning was an avid coach of youth, men’s and women’s soccer in Halifax and the Annapolis Valley, and has volunteered extensively in his community, serving on boards of the John Howard Society, the Apple Tree Landing Children’s Centre in Canning, the Canning Area Parents for Real Employment for challenged youth, and the IWK Children’s Hospital. He was also an advisor to the Canning Volunteer Fire Department.

A robing ceremony to officially welcome Judge Manning to the Bench will be scheduled in the coming weeks. Details of that ceremony will be shared with the Bar and posted to this web page.