The Honourable Associate Chief Judge S. Raymond Morse

ACJ Morse was appointed as a Judge of the Family and Provincial Courts on April 12th, 2011. He came to the Bench after 33 years in private practice from the law firm of Patterson Law in Truro where he was a Partner.

He was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in March of 1978. He had earned his law degree the previous year at the law school of Dalhousie University. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1999.

As a lawyer, ACJ Morse practiced in the areas of insurance defence, criminal defence, general family law, and child protection. He was counsel for The Children’s Aid Society and Family Services of Colchester County and The Mi’kmaw Family and Children Services of Nova Scotia. He also assisted with representation of the Minister of Community Services in child protection proceedings on behalf of the Cumberland County District office - Child welfare, as well as representation of the Minister in Secure Treatment applications in relation to the Wood St. Secure Care Centre.

During his four-and-a-half years as a Judge of the Family Court, ACJ Morse has presided, primarily, in Amherst and one day a week in Truro. He has served on the Executive of the Nova Scotia Provincial Judges Association and on the Chief Judge's Advisory Committee for Provincial and Family Courts. He has also represented the Family Court on the Judiciary's Media Liaison Committee and All Courts Technology Committee.

He was also a part of recent efforts to develop "Voice of the Child Report Guidelines", a framework outlining how to obtain the views and preferences of children who are involved in family law proceedings. A "Voice of the Child Report" might be prepared by one of a number of justice, health or community services professionals. It helps the Judge decide what kind of parenting arrangements will be in the child’s best interests.

ACJ Morse will continue to preside in the Family Court in Amherst and Truro during his tenure as Associate Chief.