Born in Avonport, Nova Scotia in 1938, Justice Haliburton earned his B.A. at Acadia University in 1959 and his L.L.B. from Dalhousie University Law School in 1962. He was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in November of 1962.
After articling with Eric Kinsman in Kentville, he went into general practice in Digby from 1962 to 1986. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1978.
During his career as a lawyer, Justice Haliburton served as an Adjudicator for Small Claims Court, as both a provincial and federal Crown Prosecutor, and as Solicitor for the Municipality and the Town of Digby. He also served as Councilor and then as Mayor of the Town of Digby.
In the '70s, he served as a Member of Parliament for two terms, representing the riding of South Western Nova and then the riding of South West Nova for the Progressive Conservatives. He returned to private practice in 1980.
Justice Haliburton has served his profession and his community in many other ways as well. While a lawyer, he volunteered as a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Council. As a Judge, he acted as Secretary of the County Court Judges Association and as a Director of the Canadian Superior Court Judges Association.
He has been active in Grace United Churc as a choir member for many years and as Chair of the Central Board. He has served as President and Secretary of numerous community organizations, including the Historical Society, V.O.N., the Water Commission, the Business Development Commission, the Curling Club, and the Royal Western Nova Scotia Yatch Club.
Justice Haliburton has always been an avid sailor, skier, and singer in his spare time, hobbies he plans to devote more time to now that he is retired.