Justice Margaret J. Stewart
Born in Walkerville, Ontario, in 1949, Justice Margaret Stewart attended high school at Walkerville Collegiate Institute. Upon graduation, she enrolled at the University of Western Ontario, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and her Masters in Library and Information Science. She eventually graduated with a law degree from Dalhousie Law School in Halifax in 1978 and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar the following year.
Early in her legal career, Justice Stewart articled with the Kentville law firm, Taylor MacLellan & Cochrane. She continued in general practice as a partner with the same firm until her appointment to the Family Court of Nova Scotia on Nov. 4, 1985. She remained with that Court until her appointment to the Supreme Court (Trial Division) on Nov. 27, 1992.
Prior to and after becoming a judge, Justice Stewart was involved in several educational and professional societies, including the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Public Legal Education of Nova Scotia, Family Mediation Nova Scotia, Family Mediation Canada, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
On behlaf of the entire Nova Scotia Judiciary, we would like to thank Justice Stewart for her 32 years of service, and we wish her many happy years in retirement!