Justice Scott Norton
Justice Scott Norton was born in Montreal, Quebec, and has lived throughout eastern Canada. After attending business school at Saint Mary’s University and graduating from Dalhousie Law School with an LL.B. in 1983, he articled with McInnes Cooper. Justice Norton was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1984 and has been a partner with the firm of Stewart McKelvey for the last 17 years.
Justice Norton has extensive trial and appellate experience in personal injury, insurance law, product liability and class actions. He has appeared at all levels of court in Nova Scotia, in superior courts elsewhere in Canada, and on appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada on three occasions. He received the Queen’s Counsel designation in 2002 and was inducted as a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers in 2014.
As a lawyer, Justice Norton held Council positions and chaired various committees of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and at the Nova Scotia Branch and National levels of the Canadian Bar Association. He was also quite involved in the community, most recently as Chair of Autism Nova Scotia; Trustee of the IWK Health Centre Foundation; Vice-Chair of Saint Mary’s University and Chair of Churchill Academy. He was also the Founding Trustee of the Sidney Crosby Foundation.
Justice Darlene Jamieson
Justice Darlene Jamieson graduated summa cum laude from Saint Mary’s University in 1985, the Schulich School of Law in 1988, and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1989. She began her practice with Wickwire Holm and later formed the boutique firm Merrick, Jamieson, Sterns, Washington & Mahody with several colleagues in 1998. The firm has twice been named a Top 10 Litigation Boutique in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine.
Justice Jamieson has appeared before all levels of court in Nova Scotia and before the Supreme Court of Canada. Her practice focused on commercial and construction litigation, insurance defence, product liability and employment law. In 2006, she was appointed Queen’s Counsel, and in 2018, she was named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Her many accolades include being selected as “Litigator of the Year – Atlantic” and as one of the “Top 25 Women in Litigation in Canada” by Benchmark Litigation. On four occasions, she was named a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers.
Until her appointment, Justice Jamieson was President of the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia. She was also an active community volunteer, serving on the boards of national and local organizations, including Imagine Canada, Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, and the National Association of Women and the Law.
Justice Jamieson has received numerous awards for her commitment to community, equality and diversity, including the YWCA Women’s Recognition Award, the Dress for Success Women of Distinction Award, and the Elizabeth Fry Rebel with a Cause Award. In 2007, Justice Jamieson received the Frances Fish Women Lawyers’ Achievement Award, recognizing her dedication to the advancement of women in and through the legal profession.