"I had the privilege of working with Judge Simmons on the province’s Criminal Justice Transformation Group to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Nova Scotia’s criminal courts. I was always impressed with her dedication to that goal, her willingness to take on new challenges and the knowledge and experience she brought to every meeting.

We are very fortunate to have her join us on the provincial Bench."


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


Judge Ann Marie Simmons

Judge Ann Marie Simmons has practiced law for 31 years and is bilingual (French and English). She joined the Public Prosecution Service of Canada – Atlantic Region in 2005 after almost a decade with Nova Scotia’s Public Prosecution Service.

Over her career, Judge Simmons has led many complex criminal prosecutions, including money laundering, historic sexual assault, and homicide cases. She was also a member of the organized crime/proceeds of crime team at the PPSC.

Prior to her appointment, Judge Simmons sat on several PPSC committees and was deeply committed to education programs for young lawyers and students. She volunteered much of her free time to youth sports, including paddling, soccer and baseball.

Judge Simmons will be officially sworn in at a robing ceremony in the coming weeks. Details of that event will be shared here once they are confirmed.