The Honourable Judge Castor Williams

Born in Antigua, Judge Castor Williams worked with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda Civil Service and served as a non-commissioned officer in the West India Regiment. Later, he worked with the Bank of Scotland and served as manager with the Seaview Credit Union, where he was involved in community development in the metro area.

Upon coming to Canada, Judge Williams received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics, and in 1976 he graduated with a law degree from Dalhousie University. He practiced law independently until 1992, when he was appointed a Crown attorney in Dartmouth. He was appointed to the Bench on Feb. 20, 1996.

Judge Williams spent his entire judicial career as a Provincial Court judge in Halifax, including several years presiding over the Long Trial Court at the courthouse on Spring Garden Road. He sat as a full-time judge until his mandatory retirement at age 70 and continued for another five years after that as a per diem, or part-time judge.

Prior to his appointment, Judge Williams was active in his community. He was a founding member of the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), which brings together major organizations with a view to community economic development. He was also the chairperson of the Black Learners Advisory Committee (BLAC Report) and a past president of the Black Lawyers Association of Nova Scotia.

Visitation for Judge Castor Williams will be held at Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019. The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Christ Church in Dartmouth.

“Judge Castor Williams was a giant, both literally and figuratively. With his booming voice and commanding presence, he demanded respect in the courtroom. But in turn, he was always professional, courteous and respectful to others, and his laugh could make anyone smile. I’ve spoken with many on the Bench who considered him not just a colleague, but a dear friend. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”

- The Hon. Pamela Williams, Chief Judge of the Provincial & Family Courts of Nova Scotia