Nova Scotia Court of Appeal (Historical)

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Past judges

See also: Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
Name Duration Nominated By Prior Position(s) Other Details
Justice Jamie W. S. Saunders[1] 2000 (Judge)
December 12, 2014 (Sup.)
Chretien Supreme Court (1990 to 2000)
Private practice (criminal)
Called to bar (1974)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Linda L. Oland [1] July 28, 2000 (Judge)
April 2020 (ret)
Chretien Supreme court (1998 to 2000)
McInnes Cooper
Called to bar (1977)
Published criminal decisions
Chief Justice Joseph Michael MacDonald 2004 (Chief Justice)
January 1, 2019 (Ret)
Martin Associate Chief Justice of NSSC (1997 to 2004)
Supreme Court (1995 to 2004)
Stewart McKelvey Sterling Scales LLP (1980 to 1995)
Called to bar (1980)
Published criminal decisions
Chief Justice Constance Glube 1998 - 2005 Chrétien Published criminal decisions
Justice Gerald Freeman (1998 - 2006) Chrétien Published criminal decisions
Justice Thomas Cromwell [2] [3] (1997 - 2008) Chrétien Professor at Dalhousie University(1982 to 1992, 1995 to 1997)
Private practice(1979 to 1982)
Called to bar (1979)
Published criminal decisions
Justice Nancy J. Bateman (1995 - 2010) Chrétien Published criminal decisions
Justice Edward John Flinn 1995 - 2002 Chrétien Published criminal decisions
Justice Ronald Newton Pugsley 1993 - 2000 Published criminal decisions
Justice Elizabeth Ann Roscoe (1992 - 2010) Mulroney Provincial Court Published criminal decisions
Justice J. Doane Hallett (1990 - 1997) Mulroney Published criminal decisions
Justice David Ritchie Chipman (1987 - 2000) Mulroney Published criminal decisions
Justice Kenneth McNeill Matthews (1985 - 1997) Mulroney Published criminal decisions
Justice Lorne Otis Clarke 1985 - 1997 Mulroney Published criminal decisions
Justice Vincent A.J. Morrison 1982 - 1987 P. Trudeau Published criminal decisions
Justice Leonard Lawson Pace (1978 - 1990) P. Trudeau Attorney General, minister of labour, minister of highways, and minister of mines (1974 to 1978) Published criminal decisions
Mellish
Longley
Chief Justice Harris
Chief Justice Charle Townshend
E.J. Graham
Russell
Drysdale
Meagher
Ritchie

Chief Justice of Nova Scotia

The Chief Justice of Nova Scotia is the highest position in the Nova Scotia judiciary. Since the creation of the Court of Appeal, this title is held by the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal. Prior to that the title was held by the Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Appeal Division (1966–1993) or the Supreme Court (before 1966). For completeness the list includes Chief Justices of Cape Breton Island, which merged with Nova Scotia in 1820.


Chief Justices of Cape Breton Island
Name Duration Nominated By
William Smith 1798 - ?
William Woodfall 1803 - ?
Archibald Charles Dodd 1806 - 1820
Chief Justices of Nova Scotia
Name Duration Nominated By
Jonathan Belcher 1754 - 1776
Charles Morris 1776 - 1778
Bryan Finucane 1778 - 1785[2]
Isaac Deschamps 1785 - 1788
Jeremy Pemberton 1788 - 1789[3]
Thomas Andrew Lumisden Strange 1789 – 1797
Sampson Salter Blowers 1797 - 1833
Sir Brenton Halliburton 1833 - 1860
William Young 1860 - 1881
James McDonald 1881 – 1905
Robert Linton Weatherbe 1905 - 1907
Sir Charles James Townshend 1907 - 1915
Wallace Nesbit Graham 1915 - 1917
Robert Edward Harris (1918 - 1931
Sir Joseph Andrew Chisholm 1931 - 1950
James Lorimer Ilsley 1950 - 1967
Lauchlin Daniel Currie 1967 - 1968
Alexander H. McKinnon 1968 - 1973
Ian Malcolm MacKeigan 1973 - 1985
Lorne Clarke 1985 - 1998
Chief Justices of the Court of Appeal
Name Duration Nominated By
Constance Glube 1998 - 2004
J. Michael MacDonald 2005–present
  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20020420140034/http://canada.justice.gc.ca:80/en/news/ja/2000/doc_25462.html
  2. Barry Cahill, “The Career of Chief Justice Bryan Finucane,” Nova Scotia Historical Society Collections, vol. 42 (1986), pp. 153-69.
  3. Sir Joseph Chisholm, "Three Justices of Nova Scotia"; Hon. Charles Morris (1711-81), Hon. Jeremy Pemberton (1741-90), and Hon. Sampson Salter Blowers (1743-1842); Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. #28 (1949):by #28 (1949); pp. 10. Note. Pemberton's portrait hangs in the Nova Scotia Courts
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