The Honourable Judge E. Ann Marie MacInnes

Judge MacInnes brings 24 years worth of criminal law and family law experience with her to the Bench. She was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1991 after having earned her law degree, the previous year, from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in British Columbia.

After articling with the Sydney law firm of Elman, Kuna - Barristers, Solicitors, she went to work with Nova Scotiia Legal Aid in 1992. Except for a secondment to the Public Prosecution Service between 2001 and 2004, Judge MacInnes was with Legal Aid until her appointment to the Bench - most recently, serving as the Managing Lawyer in the area of criminal law at the Sydney Legal Aid office and as Duty Counsel. For the past several years, she has been appearing regularly, on behalf of clients, in Sydney's Domestic Violence Court.

Judge MacInnes was an active member of the Cape Breton Barrister’s Society and has served on the Society's Executive Council including as its President. She also held several positions with the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society and sat on a number of the Society's committees including the Criminal Law Practice Standards Committee, Complaints Investigation Committee, Race Relations Committee, Gender Equity Committee, Provincial Court Liaison Committee, and the Formal Hearing Committee.

She has also served the legal profession through her work with the Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Bar Association as a member of the CBA-NS Task Force on Gender Equality, among others. In 2013, she was awarded the Canadian Bar Association's Legal Aid Leader Award in recognition of her service to the legal profession, the justice system, and her community.

Judge MacInnes has also served on boards and committees and as a volunteer for many charities and community organizations including United Way of Cape Breton, the Youth Homeless Shelter, the Cape Breton Family Place Resource Centre, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Cape Breton, the John Howard Society, St. Joseph's Church Parish Council, the Boy Scouts of Canada, Loaves and Fishes, and the Canadian Cancer Society.