Judges Currently Sitting in the Provincial & Family Courts

Judges live and work throughout the Province, generally presiding in courthouses in or near the communities in which they live. However, the Provincial Court is a circuit court, which means its Judges also travel to and from their home location to other communities to hear cases, as required.

Retired judges may preside part-time, as required, until they reach the age of 75. The number of retired part-time judges varies.

Judges of the Provincial and Family Courts may be contacted through the main line at the courthouse in which they primarily preside. See the table below for those assigniments. Contact information for courthouses across Nova Scotia can be found at COURTHOUSE LOCATIONS/MAPS >>

For more information about the Judges of the Provincial and Family Courts, including details on the judicial appointment process and how to properly address a Judge in Court, CLICK HERE >>

In the list below, the court in which the Judge sits most of the time
is shown first (Provincial/Family or Family/Provincal).





Chief Judge of Provincial & Family Courts: Pamela S. Williams Provincial/Family Dartmouth
Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court: Vacant    
Judge Del W. Atwood Provincial/Family Pictou
Judge Barbara Beach (part-time) Provincial Halifax
Judge Alain B├ęgin Provincial Truro
Judge Catherine Benton Provincial Bridgewater/Shubenacadie
Judge Perry Borden Provincial/Family Halifax
Judge Rickcola Brinton Provincial Dartmouth
Judge Elizabeth A. Buckle Provincial/Family Halifax
Judge James H. Burrill Provincial/Family Yarmouth
Judge Marc C. Chisholm (part-time) Provincial/Family  
Judge John D. Comeau (part-time) Family/Provincial  
Judge Timothy Daley Family/Provincial Pictou
Judge William Digby (part-time) Provincial/Family  
Judge Christine Driscoll Provincial  
Judge Laurel J. Halfpenny MacQuarrie Provincial/Family Port Hawkesbury
Judge Timothy D. Landry Provincial/Family Digby/Yarmouth
Judge Gregory E. Lenehan Provincial/Family Halifax
Judge Claudine MacDonald (part-time) Provincial  
Judge E. Ann Marie MacInnes Provincial/Family Sydney
Judge Daniel A. MacRury Provincial/Family Sydney
Judge Chris Manning Provincial/Family Kentville/Windsor
Judge Diane L. McGrath Provincial/Family Sydney
Judge Marci Lin Melvin Family/Provincial Bridgewater
Judge Rosalind Michie Provincial Amherst
Judge Alanna Murphy Provincial Dartmouth
Judge A. Peter Ross (part-time) Provincial Sydney
Judge Nicole A. Rovers Provincial Antigonish
Judge D. Shane Russell Provincial  
Judge Amy Sakalauskas Provincial Dartmouth
Judge Brad G. Sarson Provincial Dartmouth
Judge Paul B. Scovil Provincial/Family Bridgewater
Judge Kelly J. Serbu Provincial Halifax
Judge Michael B. Sherar (part-time) Provincial  
Judge Ann Marie Simmons Provincial/Family Halifax
Judge Theodore K. Tax (part-time) Provincial/Family Dartmouth
Judge Alan Tufts (part-time) Provincial  
Judge Ronda van der Hoek Provincial/Family Kentville/Windsor
Judge Jean M. Whalen (part-time) Provincial/Family  
Judge Brian D. Williston (part-time) Provincial  
Judge Warren Zimmer (part-time) Provincial/Family