Justice Suzanne M. Hood
Born in Windsor, N.S., in 1950, Justice Suzanne Hood received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Acadia University in 1971 and went on to graduate with a law degree from Dalhousie University in 1977. She was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar the same year and was designated Queen's Counsel on March 30, 1993.
At the beginning of her legal career, Justice Hood practiced municipal law with the Dartmouth firm Huestis Holm, formerly known as Drury Huestis. She became a partner there in 1981. In 1993, she went on to join the former City of Dartmouth as City Solicitor, where she remained until her appointment to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on Dec. 19, 1995.
During her time as a lawyer, Justice Hood served on Bar Council and several committees, including the ethics and discipline committees for the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society and the Queen's Counsel Appointments Committee. She also served on the Board for the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia, the Executive for the Canadian Bar Association - Nova Scotia Branch, and the Board for the Municipal Lawyers Association.
On the Bench, Justice Hood acted as the judge in simulated proceedings for the Criminal Trial Practice course at Dalhousie and was regularly involved in the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service's professional development program on jury trial skills. She chaired the Rota (scheduling) Committee for the Supreme Court for almost 10 years, beginning in 2005. As a member of the Supreme Court's Access to Justice Committee, she led a project to develop a workbook to assist self-represented litigants with their civil matters. Justice Hood also worked with the National Judicial Institute on the Civil Law Seminar organizing committee and served as co-chair of the Judiciary's Community Liaison Committee.
Before becoming a judge, Justice Hood spent much of her free time giving back to the community. She volunteered regularly with the Boys and Girls Club, she was a founding member of the the City of Lakes Kiwanis Club, and she served on the interim board of the QEII Health Sciences Centre.
Justice Hood, on behalf of the entire Nova Scotia Judiciary, we thank you for your service and wish you a very happy retirement!