Justice Carole A. Beaton

Justice Carole A. Beaton was raised in Port Hawkesbury, N.S. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from St. Francis Xavier University and received her law degree from the University of New Brunswick. Admitted to the bar in 1988, she practiced as an associate at Creighton and Shatford in Amherst. In 1994, Justice Beaton was a founding partner of the Amherst firm Beaton Blaikie, where she practised primarily criminal and family law, and represented several municipal institutions. She also sat as Taxing Master and a Regional Assessment Appeal Court adjudicator. Throughout her practice, Justice Beaton sat on Bar Council for the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the executive of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Branch. In 2001 she was a recipient of the biannual Francis Fish Award honouring women lawyers who have achieved excellence in their profession and the community.

Justice Beaton was first sworn in as a Provincial Court judge in January 2003, and later that year as a Family Court Judge. She heard primarily criminal matters and chaired the Court’s Education Committee. She sat on the Atlantic Education Committee and in 2010 was named co-chair of the National Education Committee of the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges. In 2011, Justice Beaton was appointed to the Supreme Court (Family Division). Since then, she has participated on various committees with that Court and was a member of several professional organizations. She has been actively involved in the development and delivery of judicial education programs at the provincial and national levels and participates in mentoring the Court’s newly appointed judges.


Justice Samuel Moreau

Born in The Valley, Anguilla, Justice Samuel Moreau lived several years in Trinidad before emigrating to Halifax in 1979. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Francis Xavier University and later completed his law degree at Dalhousie University. He was appointed to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1998.

Justice Moreau was working as a managing lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid in Port Hawkesbury when he was appointed to the Family Court of Nova Scotia on March 31, 2017. While in that position, he also chaired a provincial committee on child welfare.

Justice Moreau volunteered several years as a coach with St. Francis Xavier University’s football team and in 2002 was awarded the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Volunteer Coach of the Year.

During his 18 years as a lawyer, he also sat on the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Hearing Committee and on the Board of the Council on African Canadian Education.

There will be a swearing-in ceremony for Justice Samuel Moreau at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6,
at the Law Courts in Halifax. The ceremony will also honour the new Chief Justice of the
Nova Scotia Supreme Court, The Honourable Deborah K. Smith.