Justice John A. Keith


A robing ceremony to celebrate Justice Keith's swearing-in will be held in Courtroom 501 at the
Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water St., Halifax, on Friday, June 21.
The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. Guests are asked to arrive no later than 2:45 p.m.

Justice John Keith was born in Montreal, Quebec, and raised in Berwick, located in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. After graduating from Mount Allison University, he studied law at Queen’s University Faculty of Law where he received an LL. B. in 1991. He articled with WeirFoulds in Toronto, Ontario, and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1993. 

In 1999, Justice Keith returned to Nova Scotia and joined the law firm Cox & Palmer, where he practiced civil litigation for 20 years. Justice Keith has extensive experience as a trial and appellate advocate, appearing at all levels of court in Nova Scotia, and in the superior courts of many other provinces.

Justice Keith was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2014. At the time of his appointment to the Bench, he was a member of the national Board of Directors for The Advocates’ Society and was recently selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Justice Keith has earned the highest AV designation from Martindale Hubbell, a peer-rating organization; is recognized as a preeminent practitioner by Benchmark Litigation; and was named “Lawyer of the Year” in commercial litigation by Best Lawyers. He also received Lexpert’s national excellence in practice award.

Previously, Justice Keith served as a member of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Liaison Committee, Nova Scotia’s Civil Procedure Rules Subcommittee and the Claims Review Committee for the Lawyer’s Insurance Association of Nova Scotia. He was also a member of the original Steering Committee that drafted Nova Scotia’s current Civil Procedure Rules.