Justice Beryl A. MacDonald

Born and raised in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, N.S., Justice Beryl A. MacDonald graduated from Donkin Morien District High School. She received a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University in 1974 and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1975. She received her Queen’s Counsel designation on Dec. 21, 2000.

At the beginning of her legal career, Justice MacDonald moved to Amherst, N.S., to article with Hicks, LeMoine & Haugg (now Hicks, LeMoine). She eventually made partner, practicing primarily family law. Before she became a judge, Justice MacDonald was also a Small Claims Court adjudicator for 12 years.

As a lawyer, Justice MacDonald served as a Board member, Secretary and Vice-Chairperson of the continuing Legal Education Society of Nova Scotia. She was for many years elected as a member-at-large with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. She also served on its executive and as a member of the Discipline Panel.

In her spare time, Justice MacDonald was a member, and often served as the Chair of many Cumberland County community organizations.

Justice MacDonald was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division) on March 24, 2005. She worked as a full-time judge right up until her retirement. After her appointment, Justice MacDonald was active on several court committees and was a judicial representative on the Board of Directors for the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia.

Justice MacDonald, on behalf of the Nova Scotia Judiciary, best wishes for a happy retirement!