Role of the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court is the highest trial Court in Nova Scotia. It has broad authority to try a wide range of civil and criminal matters. It also has a Family Division that handles family law matters, including divorces and the division of matrimonial property.
The most serious crimes, referred to in the Criminal Code as indictable offences, are heard only in the Supreme Court. Indictable offences can be tried by a judge and jury or by judge alone, depending on what the accused individual elects. Civil cases may also be tried by a judge or a jury, although most proceed without a jury.
The Supreme Court also hears appeals from the Provincial Court and the Small Claims Court, as well as statutory appeals and judicial reviews from Tribunal decisions. It administers the federal Bankruptcy Act and its Justices may also sit as judges of the Probate Court and Bankruptcy Court, as needed.
The judges who sit in the Supreme Court are appointed by the federal government and are known as Justices.
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