- The Honourable Joseph Kennedy
Chief Justice Michael J. Wood
Chief Justice Michael J. Wood, 60, was born in Portsmouth, England, while his father was on exchange with the Royal Navy. He studied chemistry at Acadia University and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University in 1982. He was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar that same year.
As a lawyer, Chief Justice Wood practiced law for almost 30 years with Burchells LLP, focusing primarily on civil litigation and administrative law. He was an active member in the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, particularly in relation to professional responsibility and competency.
As a Judge, Chief Justice Wood was active in the administration of the Supreme Court through his involvement in many committees, including those related to the Civil Procedure Rules, court clerkship, and insolvency. He has led initiatives that help newly appointed judges successfully transition into their new roles on the Bench.
Chief Justice Wood has also served as a mentor for African Nova Scotian and Indigenous lawyers interested in applying to become a Judge, an initiative launched by his predecessor, Chief Justice MacDonald, in partnership with the Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq Initiative at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Chief Justice Wood was also active in legal education, including as a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice and has lectured for many years at the Schulich School of Law.