Archived News & Notices From the Courts of Nova Scotia

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.
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:
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 >>
November 5, 2014 - The Nova Scotia Mental Health Court releases a progress report on its first four years of operation.
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has simplified the protocol for requesting permission to use cameras in the courtroom during court proceedings. READ MORE >>
Chief Justice Michael MacDonald and Co-chair, Justice Minister Lena Diab announce the formation of a
co-ordinating committee focused on making family, civil, and criminal Courts more efficient and effective, less costly, and easier to navigate.
The Honourable Lee Anne Macleod-Archer was sworn in as Justice of the Supreme Court Family Division at a ceremony in Sydney on June 17th, 2014.
The Courts of Nova Scotia adopt a new policy regarding the use of Twitter (by the public and the media) in the Province's courtrooms. READ THE POLICY >>
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has reserved its decision regarding CA 415197 (Jono Developments Ltd. v. The North End Community Health Association, The Richard Preston Centre for Excellence Society and the Micmac Native Friendship Society and Halifax Regional Municipality). Watch archived video of the proceedings HERE >>
Justice Denise M. Boudreau was sworn-in to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax on February 28, 2013.
Judge Michelle K. Christenson was sworn in to the Family & Provincial Courts in Yarmouth on January 31, 2013.
Four newly appointed Supreme Court Judges were sworn in during the month of November 2013: Justice Joshua M. Arnold and Justice James L. Chipman in Halifax on Nov. 15; Justice Robin Gogan in Sydney on Nov. 27; and Justice Elizabeth Van den Eynden in Pictou on Nov. 28. To view details of all four appointments and to link to video and photos of the ceremonies CLICK HERE >>
Justice J. Edward (Ted) Scanlan of the Supreme Court has been appointed to the Court of Appeal. READ MORE >>
Court of Appeal moves to Summit Place as part of ongoing renovations at the Halifax Law Courts. READ MORE >>
As of January 1, 2013, new Court Rules and Forms will govern all applications made before the Provincial Court.
Les nouvelles règles et nouveaux formulaires de la Cour provinciale de la Nouvelle-Écosse sont aussi disponible
Provincial Court of Nova Scotia gets new Associate Chief Judge. READ MORE >>
Portrait of the late John D. Embree, Judge of the Provincial Court, is unveiled in Antigonish courthouse ceremony. READ MORE >>
Retired Court of Appeal Justice, Malachi C. Jones, dies at the age of 83. READ MORE >>
The Honourable Justice Charles E. Haliburton retires after almost 27 years on the Bench and more than 50 years in the legal profession. READ MORE >>
Ninety-five absentee jurors will be ordered to appear in court to explain why they did not attend for jury selection.
The Honourable Pamela S. Williams was sworn in as Chief Judge of the Provincial and Family Courts on Friday, May 3, 2013. Chief Williams is the first woman to be appointed Chief Judge of the two Courts.

A swearing-in ceremony for Judge Timothy D. Landry was held on December 7, 2012, in Yarmouth.
La cérémonie d'assermentation du juge Timothy D. Landry a eu lieu le 7 décembre 2012 au palais de justice de Yarmouth.

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