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Members of the Judiciary

Judicial authority for the Family Court is vested in the Judges of the court, who have jurisdiction in areas of the Province outside the Regional Municipalites of Halifax and Cape Breton. Administrative, judicial support, and quasi-judicial functions are provided by Chief Clerks and their staff. Question 6 Question 7

Judges of the Nova Scotia Family Court are appointed by the Nova Scotia Minister of Justice. Some Judges are jointly-appointed to the Family Court and the Provincial Court but sit primarily in one or the other. In the list below, the Court in which the Judge sits most of the time is show first (Family/Provincal or Provincia/Family).

Family Court Judges may be contacted through the courthouse in the "Location" column below. Contact information for the Province's courthouses can be found by clicking here: << Court Locations/Maps >>


Chief Judge of the Family & Provincial Courts: Pamela S. Williams


Associate Chief Judge of the Family Court: James C. Wilson Family/Provincial Pictou
Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court: Alan T. Tufts Provincial Kentville
Judge Del W. Atwood Provincial/Family Pictou
Judge Flora Inglis Buchan Provincial/Family Dartmouth
Judge James H. Burrill Provincial/Family Bridgewater
Judge Jamie S. Campbell Provincial/Family Halifax
Judge Marc C. Chisholm Provincial/Family Halifax
Judge Michelle K. Christenson Family/Provincial Yarmouth
Judge John D. Comeau (part-time) Family Yarmouth
Judge Patrick H. Curran Provincial/Family Halifax
Judge Anne S. Derrick Provincial/Family Halifax
Judge Jean M. Dewolfe Family/Provincial Truro
Judge William Digby Provincial/Family Halifax
Judge William Dyer Family Bridgewater
Judge D. Timothy Gabriel Provincial/Family Dartmouth
Judge R. Brian Gibson (part-time) Provincial/Family Dartmouth
Judge Laurel J. Halfpenny-MacQuarrie Provincial/Family Port Hawkesbury
Judge Frank P. Hoskins Provincial/Family Dartmouth
Judge David R. Hubley (part-time) Family Truro
Judge Timothy D. Landry Provincial/Family Digby
Judge Gregory E. Lenehan Provincial/Family Bridgewater

Judge John G. MacDougall (part-time)

Provincial/Family Truro
Judge Richard J. MacKinnon Provincial/Family Antigonish
Judge Marci Lin Melvin Family/Provincial Kentville
Judge S. Raymond Morse Family/Provincial Amherst/Truro
Judge Paul B. Scovil Provincial/Family Amherst
Judge Corrine Sparks Family Dartmouth
Judge Theodore K. Tax Provincial/Family Dartmouth
Judge Jean M. Whalen Provincial/Family Sydney
Judge Warren Zimmer Provincial/Family Truro

For a list of Provincial Court Judges, click here >>