Nova Scotia Supreme Court

From Criminal Law Notebook
This page was last substantively updated or reviewed May 2023. (Rev. # 91230)
(~X) = approximate number of published decisions according to CanLII as of Oct 2018, unless otherwise indicated.

Distribution of Judges

Composition of Supreme Court

17 (1) The Supreme Court shall be composed of

(a) the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court;
(b) the Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court;
(c) the Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (Family Division); and
(d) not more than forty-seven other judges.

(1A) The Supreme Court shall include a Family Division composed of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (Family Division) and not more than twenty-four other judges.

(2) For each office of judge of the Supreme Court there shall be the additional office of supernumerary judge of the Supreme Court and for the office of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the office of Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court there shall be such additional offices of judge as are, from time to time, required for the purpose of section 32 of the Judges Act (Canada).

1992, c. 16, s. 45; 1997 (2nd Sess.), c. 5, s. 1; 2000, c. 28, s. 55; 2019, c. 17, s. 1.

JA

Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Nova Scotia

14 The yearly salaries of the judges of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia are as follows: [omitted (a) and (b)]

(c) the Chief Justice and the Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, $371,400 each; and
(d) the 23 other judges of the Supreme Court, $338,800 each.

R.S., 1985, c. J-1, s. 14; R.S., 1985, c. 50 (1st Supp.), s. 4, c. 39 (3rd Supp.), s. 1; 1989, c. 8, s. 2; 1992, c. 51, s. 5; 2001, c. 7, s. 6; 2006, c. 11, s. 1; 2012, c. 31, s. 210; 2017, c. 20, s. 202; 2022, c. 10, s. 343.

(DOJ)

Justices of the Supreme Court

(Full complement of 21, including Chief and Ass. Chief)[1]

Nova Scotia Pop. (2021): 979,000
Pop. per Justice: ~47k

Name Location Duration of Appointment Appointed by Prior Position(s) Other Details
Deborah K. Smith [2] [3] Halifax November 8, 2001 (Judge)
2004 (ACJ)
June 24, 2019 (Chief)
Chrétien / McLellan (Lib) (Judge)
Martin / Cotler (Lib) (ACJ)
J. Trudeau / Lametti (Lib) (Chief)
McInnes Cooper (1983 to 2001)
Called to bar (1984)
Dal grad (1983)
Published criminal decisions (~1)
(as of December 2022)
Patrick J. Duncan [4][5] Halifax November 30, 2007 Harper / Nicholson (CPC) Beveridge, MacPherson & Duncan (1986 to 2007)
NS Legal Aid (1980 to 1986)
Called to bar (1980)
Dal grad (1979)
Published criminal decisions (~51)
(as of the end of 2019)
Patrick Murray [6][7][8] Sydney August 10, 2010 Harper / Nicholson (CPC) Murray, Gouthro, Wall LLP (2002 to 2010)
Gillis and Murray LLP

Stewart, McKelvey, Stirling, Scales LLP (1991 to 2002)
Boudreau Beaton & LaFosse
Called to bar (1981)

Published criminal decisions (~47)
(as of the end of December 2021)
Pierre L. Muise [9] [10] Yarmouth August 10, 2010 Harper / Nicholson (CPC) Provincial Court Judge (2009 to 2010)
Crown attorney (2001 to 2009)
Pink MacDonald Harding (1998 to 2001)
Legal Aid (1997 to 1998)
Patterson Palmer (1996 to 1997)
Called to bar (1996)
Published criminal decisions (~17) (NSSC)
(as of December 2023)

Published criminal decisions (~0) (NSPC)

Peter Rosinski [11] Halifax August 11, 2010 Harper / Nicholson (CPC) NS Public Prosecution Service (1989 to 2010)
Appeal Crown (2005 to 2010)
McLean & Associates (1989)
Margeson & Wilson(1988)
MacIntosh, MacDonnell & MacDonald (1986 to 1988)
Called to bar (1986)

Published criminal decisions (~75)

James L. Chipman [12] [13] Halifax October 2, 2013 Harper / MacKay (CPC) Stewart McKelvey Sterling Scales LLP (1998 to 2013)

Cox Downie (1992 to 1998)
Called to bar (1992)

Published criminal decisions (~45)
Joshua M. Arnold [14] [15] Halifax October 2, 2013 Harper / MacKay (CPC) Arnold Pizzo McKegan LLP (1996 to 2013)
NS Crown Attorney
Called to bar (1990)
Published criminal decisions (~45)
Denise Boudreau [16] Halifax December 18, 2013 Harper / MacKay (CPC) Public Prosecution Service of Canada (2007 to 2013)
NS Legal Aid (1998 - 2007)
LeBlanc, MacDonald, and Pickup (1994 to 1998)
Called to bar (1994)
Published criminal decisions (~15)
(as of the end of 2023)
Jamie Campbell [17] Halifax June 13, 2014 Harper / MacKay (CPC) Provincial Court Judge (2005 to 2014)

Cox Hansen (1983 to 2005)

Published criminal decisions (~16)
Jeffrey R. Hunt [18] Truro February 6, 2015 Harper / MacKay (CPC) Patterson Law (1992 to 2015)
Called to bar (1992)
Published criminal decisions (~20)
(as of the end of December 2023)
D. Timothy Gabriel [19] Halifax October 20, 2016 J. Trudeau / Wilson-Raybould (Lib) Provincial Court Judge (2010 to 2016)

Landry McGillivray (1982 to 2010)
Called to bar (1982)

Published criminal decisions (~2)
Ann E Smith [20] Halifax October 20, 2016 J. Trudeau / Wilson-Raybould (Lib) Burchells LLP (2002 to 2016)
Stewart McKelvey
Called to bar (1991)
Published criminal decisions (~2)
Christa Brothers [21] [22] Halifax July 18, 2017 J. Trudeau / Wilson-Raybould (Lib) Stewart McKelvey (1999 to 2017)
Called to bar (1999)
Published criminal decisions (~17)
(as of the end of 2022)
John Bodurtha [23] Halifax August 31, 2018 J. Trudeau / Wilson-Raybould (Lib) Justice Canada (tax) (1997 to 2018)
Legal Aid (1996 to 1997)
Called to bar (1996)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Scott Norton [24] Halifax 30 November 2018 J. Trudeau / Wilson-Raybould (Lib) Stewart McKelvey
McInnes Cooper
Called to bar (1984)
Dal grad (1983)
Published criminal decisions (~9)
(as of the end of December 2021)
Darlene Jamieson [25] [26] Halifax 30 November 2018 J. Trudeau / Wilson-Raybould (Lib) Merrick Jamieson Sterns Washington & Mahody (1998 to 2018)
Wickwire Holm
Called to bar (1989)
Dal grad (1988)
Published criminal decisions (~6)
(as of the end of December 2022)
John A. Keith [27] Kentville March 26, 2019 J. Trudeau / Lametti (Lib) Cox & Palmer (1999 to 2019)
Called to bar (1993)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Diane Rowe [28] Bridgewater May 14, 2020 J. Trudeau / Lametti (Lib) NS DOJ (2002 to 2020)
Called to bar (1998)
UNB grad (1997)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Gail L. Gatchalian [29] April 06, 2021 J. Trudeau / Lametti (Lib) Pink Larkin (1999 to 2021)
U of T grad (1996)
Published criminal decisions (~4)
(as of the end of December 2023)
Frank P. Hoskins [30] [31] Pictou July 2021 J. Trudeau / Lametti (Lib) NS Public Prosecution Service (1991 to 1995, 1996 to 2008)
Pink Murray (1995 to 1996)
Crosby Murtha (1990 to 1991)
Called to bar (1990)
Dal grad (1989)
Published criminal decisions (~5) (NSSC)
(as of the end of December 2023)

Published criminal decisions (~27) (NSPC)

Supernumerary

Name Location Date appointed Appointed by Prior Position(s) Other details
Justice Mona M. Lynch [32] Bridgewater December 12, 2002 (Judge)
March 1, 2020 (sup) [33]
Chrétien / Cauchon (Lib) Justice of Family Division
Dept of Justice, Youth Crime
NS Legal Aid (1987 to 1999)
Called to bar (1986)
Published criminal decisions (~13)
(as of December 2021)
Justice C. Richard Coughlan [34] Bridgewater March 2, 2001 Chrétien / McLellan (Lib) Coughlan and Coughlan
Called to bar (1975)
Published criminal decisions (~50)
Justice Glen G. McDougall [35] [36] Halifax November 8, 2001 (Judge)
May 14, 2018 (Sup.) [37]
Chrétien / McLellan (Lib) Sampson McDougall LLP (1983 to 2001)
Called to bar (1983)
Published criminal decisions (~45)
Gregory M. Warner [38] Kentville November 6, 2003 (Judge)
1 January 2019 (Sup.)
Chrétien / Cauchon (Lib) Warner, Jacquard
Pink Macdonald Harding
Town of Yarmouth
Called to bar (1972)
Published criminal decisions (~32)
Kevin Coady [39] Halifax November 6, 2003 (Judge)
November 5, 2018 (Sup)
Chrétien / Cauchon (Lib) Coady Filiter
Called to bar (1981)
Published criminal decisions (~42)


Past Justices

References

Contact Info

Halifax Region [40]

The Law Courts
1815 Upper Water St.
Halifax, NS B3J 1S7

Phone: (902) 424-6900
After Hours: (902) 424-8988
Fax: (902) 424-0524

Prothonotary:
Phone: (902) 424-7968 or (902)424-8962
Fax: (902) 424-0524

Court Administration Office:
Phone: (902) 424-6900
Fax: (902) 424-0524

Scheduling Coordinators:
Phone: (902) 424-5782 (Chambers/Civil)
Fax: (902) 424-8367

Phone: (902) 424-7967 (Criminal)
Fax: (902) 424-8367

Jury Coordinator:
Phone: (902) 424-2729
Fax: (902) 424-8367

Truro [41]

1 Church Street
Truro, NS B2N 3Z5
Phone: (902) 893-3953
Fax: (902) 893-6114

Pictou [42]

Prothonotary
69 Water Street
P.O. Box 1750
Pictou, NS B0K 1H0

Phone: (902) 485-7350
Fax: (902) 485-6737
PictouSupreme@courts.ns.ca

Amherst [43]

(Street Address)
54 Victoria St. E.
Amherst, NS B4H 3G5
(Mailing/Courier Address)
16 Church Street
3rd Floor
Amherst, NS B4H 3A6

Phone: (902) 667-2256 Fax: (902) 667-1108

Kentville [44]

Prothonotary
87 Cornwallis Street
Kentville, NS B4N 2E5

Phone: (902) 679-5540
Fax: (902) 679-6178

Jury Co-ordinator: (902) 679-5540

Digby [45]

119 Queen St.
P.O. Box 1089
Digby, NS B0V 1A0

Phone: (902) 245-7134
Fax: (902) 245-6722

Yarmouth [46]

Prothonotary
164 Main Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 1C2

Phone: (902) 742-4142
Fax: (902) 742-0678

Bridgewater [47]

141 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1W2

Phone: (902) 543-4679
Fax: (902) 543-0678

Port Hawkesbury [48]

15 Kennedy Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2Y1

Phone: (902) 625-2665
Fax: (902) 625-4084

Sydney [49]

Prothonotary
136 Charlotte Street
Suites #1 & #2
Sydney, NS
B1P 1C3

Phone: (902) 563-3550
Fax: (902) 563-2224

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