Archived News & Notices From the Courts of Nova Scotia

June 21, 2018 - The Nova Scotia Judiciary celebrated the grand opening of a new courthouse in Wagmatcook First Nation today. MORE>>
June 8, 2018 - Judges from all the NS Courts met with African Nova Scotian leaders to learn about the challenges facing that community, particularly in the justice stystem. MORE>>
June 4, 2018 - Chris Manning, a defence lawyer who practised in Kentville, is the newest Judge of the Provincial & Family Courts of Nova Scotia. MORE >>
May 24, 2018 - The Nova Scotia Courts have announced the venue & scope of the fatality inquiry into the deaths of veteran Lionel Desmond & his family. MORE >>

May 7, 2018 - The Provincial Court has issued a new Practice Directive to help counsel identify and manage complex cases. MORE >>

May 4, 2018 - The Chief Justice of Nova Scotia announced today that he will retire from the Bench, effective Feb. 1, 2019. MORE >>

April 20, 2018 - The Nova Scotia Courts are planning a refresh of this website and we want to hear from you on how to make it better. TAKE THE SURVEY >>

April 10, 2018 - The Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts is looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming spring/summer session. MORE >>

April 4, 2018 - The independent committee appointed to consider the complaints against Provincial Court Judge Gregory Lenehan has completed its review. READ THE DECISION >>

April 3, 2018 - The new Provincial Court in Wagmatcook First Nation, featuring wellness & Gladue court programs, will begin hearing cases on April 4. MORE >>

March 28, 2018 - The Long Trial Intake Schedule for Courtroom #6 in Halifax Provincial Court for July to December 2018 is now available. MORE >>

March 19, 2018 - The most recent version of the consolidated Civil Procedure Rules of Nova Scotia is now available in French. MORE >>

Feb. 28, 2018 - The new Domestic Violence Court Program in Halifax will start hearing cases in March. MORE >>

Feb. 27, 2018 - The Hon. Felix Cacchione, Justice of the NS Supreme Court, has retired after almost 32 years on the Bench. MORE >>

Feb. 23, 2018 - Expanded guest Wi-Fi is now available at all Nova Scotia courthouses. This free service is for lawyers, self-represented litigants & other visitors. MORE >>

Feb. 9, 2018 - Halifax Regional Police Victim Services has launched a program to assist people applying for peace bonds in the Provincial Court in Halifax & Dartmouth. MORE >>

Feb. 5, 2018 - The Hon. Roy Edward Kimball, a retired judge of the Provincial Court, passed away on January 30, 2018. MORE >>

Feb. 2, 2018 - The Judges of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court have approved amendments to various Civil Procedure Rules & Practice Memorandums. MORE >>

Feb. 1, 2018 - The Hon. M. Clare MacLellan, Justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court (Family Division) has retired after 23 years on the Bench. MORE >>
Jan. 29, 2018 - The Judges of the NS Supreme Court have approved a new practice memorandum outlining the procedure for FOIPOP appeals. MORE >>

Jan. 24, 2018 - A robing ceremony for Judge Ann Marie Simmons of the Provincial & Family Courts will be held in Halifax on Feb. 2. MORE>>

Jan. 23, 2018 - Indigenous parents whose children have been taken into care can now access a child protection booklet in the Mi'kmaq language. An audio version of the book is also available. MORE>>

Dec. 27, 2017 - The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal is now accepting applications for its annual Clerkship Program. The deadline to apply is March 9, 2018. MORE >>

Dec. 14, 2017 - The NS Supreme Court (Family Division) has published hints and tips to assist counsel and self-represented litigants with matters before that Court. MORE >>

Nov. 30, 2017 - The Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts is looking for volunteersto help with the upcoming winter session.
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Nov. 29, 2017 - The Nova Scotia Supreme Court and the Provincial Court have approved the use of a common Designation of Counsel form. MORE >>

Nov. 27, 2017 - Justice Margaret Stewart is retiring from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court after serving 32 years on the Bench. MORE >>

Nov. 17, 2017 - Registration is now open for the 2018 Media & the Law conference, hosted by the Nova Scotia Courts. MORE >>

Nov. 10, 2017 - Chief Federal Prosecutor Ann Marie Simmons has been appointed to the Provincial & Family Courts, achieving gender parity on the provincial Bench. MORE >>

Nov. 8, 2017 - A robing ceremony for Judge Diane McGrath of the Provincial & Family Courts will be held Nov. 17 in Sydney. MORE >>

Nov. 6, 2017 - The Long Trial Intake Schedule for Courtroom #6 at Provincial Court in Halifax has been updated for December 2017 through June 2018. MORE >>

Nov. 3, 2017 - The Registrars of Probate across Nova Scotia have updated their procedures pursuant to regulations under the Intestate Succession Act. MORE >>

Oct. 30, 2017 - The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia has launched an online app to help people representing themselves in small claims matters in Halifax. MORE >>

Sept. 19, 2017 - Senior Crown prosecutor Diane McGrath has been appointed a judge of the Provincial & Family Courts.
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Sept. 18, 2017 - The most recent version of the consolidated Civil Procedure Rules of Nova Scotia is now available in French. MORE >>

Sept. 15, 2017 - A robing ceremony for Justice Cindy Murray of the Supreme Court - Family Division will be held in Port Hawkesbury. MORE >>

Sept. 12, 2017 - New child protection booklets for parents whose children have been taken into care are now available in French & English. A Mi'kmaq version is coming soon. MORE >>

Sept. 11, 2017 - The Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts is looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming fall session. MORE >>

Sept. 8, 2017 - A swearing-in ceremony for Justice Anne Derrick of the NS Court of Appeal will be held in Halifax on Friday, Sept. 15. MORE >>

Sept. 7, 2017 - The Chief Justice has announced he will empanel a review committee to investigate complaints against a Provincial Court judge. MORE >>

Aug. 30, 2017 - A robing ceremony for Justice Christa Brothers of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court will be held on Friday, Sept. 8, in Halifax. MORE >>

Aug. 17, 2017 - Chief Justice Michael MacDonald welcomed members of Phoenix House to the Law Courts for Spread the Love Day. MORE >>

July 27, 2017 - An updated version of the consolidated Civil Procedure Rules and Forms, including amendments approved on June 23, 2017, is now online. MORE >>

July 26, 2017 - The Honourable Michael MacDonald, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, talks about the importance of having a diverse judiciary. MORE >>

July 19, 2017 - Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy is pleased to welcome two new judges to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
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July 18, 2017 - Justice Anne S. Derrick has been appointed the newest judge of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. MORE >>

July 6, 2017 - Judges of the NS Supreme Court have approved amendments to Rule 59 - Family Division Rules and related Forms. MORE >>
June 26, 2017 - The CJTG has created a protocol to help defence attorneys decide when it is appropriate for counsel or a client to appear in Provincial Court by video. MORE >>

June 22, 2017 - African Nova Scotian and Indigenous lawyers who want to become a judge can now apply for judicial mentorship. MORE >>

June 5, 2017 - Robing ceremonies for Judge Rosalind Michie and Judge Amy Sakalauskas will be held in Digby and Halifax later this month. MORE >>

June 2, 2017 - Judges of the Supreme Court have approved amendments to the Practice Memorandum and related forms for the Family Division. MORE >>

June 1, 2017 - The Media Liaison of the Nova Scotia Courts has released new guidelines for media and public access to the Courts. MORE >>

May 26, 2017 - NS Judges will now refer to the Parenting & Support Act and new Family Court Rules when presiding over matters such as custody and parenting time. MORE >>
May 23, 2017 - The Judges of the Supreme Court have approved amendments to various rules and forms of the Civil Procedure Rules. MORE >>
May 16, 2017 - The Judges of the Supreme Court have approved the addition of Practice Memorandum 11 - Quieting Titles, to the Civil Procedure Rules. MORE >>
May 15, 2017 - A robing ceremony for Judge Samuel Moreau of the Family Court will take place in Halifax at 3 p.m., Friday, May 19.
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May 4, 2017 - The Nova Scotia Mental Health Court is the first in Canada to work with Veterans Affairs to better support veterans in conflict with the law. MORE >>
April 28, 2017 - A robing ceremony for Judge Rickcola Brinton of the Provincial Court will take place in Halifax at 2 p.m., Friday, May 12. MORE >>
April 19, 2017 - A robing ceremony for Judge Ronda van der Hoek of the Provincial Court will take place in Halifax at 2 p.m., Friday, April 21. MORE >>
April 18, 2017 - Can't make it to Law Day? Tune in to the live webcast, including an interactive Q&A with Chief Justice Michael MacDonald. MORE >>
April 13, 2017 - Take part in Law Day on Wednesday, April 19, at the Law Courts in Halifax, hosted by the Canadian Bar Association - Nova Scotia Branch. MORE >>
April 10, 2017 - The Free Legal Clinic in Halifax is looking for lawyers and law students to volunteer for the 2017 spring/summer term. MORE >>
March 31, 2017 - Four new judges have been appointed to the Provincial and Family Courts, including two African Nova Scotian lawyers and an advocate for LGBTQ rights. MORE >>
March 29, 2017 - The Court of Appeal has introduced a new guide to help those ineligible for Legal Aid to apply for state-funded counsel in their Child Protection appeals. MORE >>
March 28, 2017 - The Honourable John R. Nichols, retired Judge of the Provincial Court, passed away on March 17, 2017. MORE >>
March 20, 2017 - A robing ceremony for Judge Catherine Benton will take place at Provincial Court in Bridgewater on March 24.
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March 1, 2017 - The Free Legal Clinic in Sydney is now open to help self-represented litigants with their civil matters in Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. MORE >>
Feb. 23, 2017 - Take part in #TalkJustice, a public engagement campaign to gather people's experiences with legal services and the provincial justice system. MORE >>
Feb. 22, 2017 - The Court of Appeal has launched a video tutorial to guide self-represented litigants through the steps of a civil appeal. MORE >>
Feb. 21, 2017 - The Mental Health Court team has updated the eligibility requirements for consideration in Nova Scotia's Mental Health Court Program. MORE >>
Feb. 6, 2017 - The Court of Appeal is now accepting applications for its annual Clerkship Program. The deadline to apply is March 17. MORE >>
Jan. 23, 2017 - Two new Judges have been appointed to the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia, including the province's first female Mi'kmaw Judge. MORE >>
Jan. 13, 2017 - The Nova Scotia Courts are co-hosting a panel discussion in Halifax on Friday, Jan. 27, exploring media's role in justice. MORE >>
Dec. 21, 2016 - Justice Nick Scaravelli of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court has elected supernumerary status. MORE >>
Dec. 16, 2016 - Justice Simon J. MacDonald of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court is retiring after 34 years on the Bench. MORE >>
Dec. 12, 2016 - The Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts is looking for lawyers and law students to volunteer for the 2017 winter session. MORE >>
Dec. 9, 2016 - A robing ceremony for Justice Ann E. Smith will be held Friday, Dec. 16, at the Halifax Law Courts. MORE >>
Nov. 24, 2016 - A robing ceremony for Justice Pamela J. MacKeigan will be held Friday, Dec. 2, at Supreme Court - Family Division in Halifax. MORE >>
Nov. 18, 2016 - A robing ceremony for Judge Alain J. Bégin will be held at Supreme Court in Truro on Friday, Nov. 25. MORE >>
Nov. 14, 2016 - The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has approved an amendment to Practice Memorandum #4 (Courtroom Attire) under the Civil Procedure Rules. MORE >>
Oct. 29, 2016 - Follow the events of Chief Justice MacDonald and Communications Director Jennifer Stairs as they take part in a judicial reform mission in Ukraine. MORE >>
Oct. 28, 2016 - The Chief Justices and Chief Judge have accepted a number of recommendations to encourage diversity on the Nova Scotia Judiciary. MORE >>
Oct. 27, 2016 - Justice Allan P. Boudreau is retiring on Oct. 31, 2016, after 26 years on the Bench. MORE >>
Oct. 24, 2016 - The Chief Justice of Nova Scotia is taking part in a judicial reform mission in Ukraine. MORE >>
Oct. 21, 2016 - Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy welcomes three new Justices to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. MORE >>
20 Oct, 2016 - La version consolidée mise à jour des Règles de procédure civile de la Nouvelle-Écosse est maintenant disponible en français. MORE >>
Oct. 19, 2016 - Long Trial Intake Schedule for January to June 2017 in Courtroom #6, Provincial Court in Halifax is now ready. MORE >>
Oct. 13, 2016 - Most courthouses in Nova Scotia now offer FREE guest Wi-Fi access for lawyers, self-represented individuals and other visiting the building. MORE >>
Oct. 5, 2016 - The Mental Health Court team took part in the 9th annual Festival of Hope, part of Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 2-8, 2016). MORE >>
Sept. 30, 2016 - Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Arthur W. D. Pickup has retired after almost 14 years on the Bench. MORE >>
Sept. 6, 2016 - Justice Edward (Ted) Scanlan of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has elected supernumerary status. MORE >>
Sept. 1, 2016 - Alain J. Bégin is Nova Scotia's newest Provincial and Family Court Judge. MORE >>
Aug. 24, 2016 - The Court of Appeal has updated its list of Supreme Court of Canada cases you can refer to without including them in your Book of Authorities. MORE >>
Aug. 22, 2016 - Are you a lawyer or law student looking to give back to the community and help improve access to justice? The Free Legal Clinic needs you! MORE >>

16 août, 2016 - Les demandes de divorce pour la Cour suprême (Division de la famille) sont maintenant offertes en français sur le site internet des tribunaux. POUR EN SAVOIR PLUS >> 

Aug. 11, 2016 - Updated version of consolidated Civil Procedure Rules and Forms, including amendments approved on June 24, 2016, is now online. MORE >>
July 18, 2016 - Halifax is hosting the 29th conference of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, July 24-28. MORE >>

June 29, 2016 - NSSC approves amendments to various Civil Procedure Rules and Forms. MORE >>

June 28, 2016 - NSSC introduces new Practice Memorandum on Taxable Disbursements, part of the Civil Procedure Rules. MORE >>
June 24, 2016 - NSSC approves amendments to Practice Memorandum No. 1 (Foreclosure Procedures) of the Civil Procedure Rules. MORE >>
June 9, 2016 - Family Division Judges went to Membertou to hear from First Nations leaders about the problems they face with child welfare. READ MORE >>
June 1, 2016 - Senate Committee on Legal & Constitutional Affairs visits Mental Health Court in Dartmouth. READ MORE >>
May 31, 2016 - The Honourable Justice Douglas C. Campbell retired from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court (Family Division) on May 31, 2016. READ MORE >>
May 25, 2016 - The Honourable (retired) Justice David W. Gruchy passed away in Halifax on Sunday, May 22, 2016. READ MORE >>
May 21, 2016 - The Honourable (retired) Chief Justice Lorne Clarke passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016. READ MORE >>
May 20, 2016 - Representing yourself in court? Find out more about the free legal clinics offered every Thursday at the Halifax Law Courts.READ MORE >>
May 19, 2016 - Why is Judicial Independence important to you? Read about the Canadian Judicial Council's work to raise awareness of this fundamental concept. READ MORE >>
May 16, 2016 - The Honourable (retired) Justice F.B. William Kelly passed away on May 13, 2016. READ MORE >>
March 23, 2016 - Court seeks submissions on REVISED Draft Temporary Practice Memorandum on Physician Assisted Death. LEARN MORE >>
February 15, 2016 - The Honourable (retired) Chief Justice Constance R. Glube passed away on February 15, 2016. LEARN MORE >>
January 19, 2016 - Court of Appeal and Supreme Court now accepting applications for 2016 Clerkship Programs. More information here:
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September 24, 2015 - FREE LEGAL CLINIC every Thursday morning (by appointment, only - some restrictions apply) at Halifax Law Courts (Upper Water Street). LEARN MORE >>
September 3, 2015 - The Honourable Justice (retired) John McNab Davison dies at age 79. READ MORE >>
August 26, 2015 - The Honourable Justice (retired) Angus Lewis MacDonald dies at age 89. READ MORE >>
 

For news and notices from the Courts prior to 2015, please contact the DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS >> for the Nova Scotia Judiciary.