Nova Scotia Provincial Court

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(~X) = approximate number of published decisions according to CanLII as of July 2020, unless otherwise indicated.

Current Judges

Name Location Date Appointed Appointed By Prior Position(s) Other Details
Chief Judge Pamela S. Williams [1] HRM September 19, 2003 (Judge)
2013 (Chief)
PC (2003)
NDP (2013)
NS Legal Aid, Youth
Called to bar (1985)
Published criminal decisions (~23)
Judge Corrine Sparks [2] Dartmouth 1987 PC
(Buchanan/?)
Ruck and Mitchell (1981 to 1987)
Called to bar (1981)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Judge A. Peter Ross Sydney 1990 PC
(Buchanan/?)
NS Public Prosecution Service
Called to bar (~1978)
Published criminal decisions (~45)
Judge Barbara Beach Halifax, Youth 1994 Liberal
(Savage/?)
NS Legal Aid
Called to bar (~1978)
Published criminal decisions (~6)
Judge Alanna Murphy [3] Dartmouth November 13, 2002 PC (Hamm/Baker) NS Public Prosecution Service (1987 to 2002)
Chief Crown (2000 to 2002)
Called to bar (1987)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Judge James H. Burrill [4] Yarmouth September 19, 2003 PC
(Hamm/)
NS Public Prosecution Service (1987 to 2003)
Called to bar (1986)
Published criminal decisions (~20)
Judge Laurel J. Halfpenny-MacQuarrie [5] Port Hawkesbury September 19, 2003 PC (Hamm/) NS Public Prosecution Service
Private Practice
Called to bar (1990)
Published criminal decisions (~9)
Judge Frank P. Hoskins [6] Dartmouth September 5, 2008 PC
(MacDonald/Clarke)
NS Public Prosecution Service (1991 to 1995, 1996 to 2008)
Private practice (1995 to 1996)
Called to bar (1990)
Published criminal decisions (~26)
Judge Theodore K. Tax [7] Dartmouth October 1, 2008 PC
(MacDonald/Clarke)
Public Prosecution Service of Canada
Called to bar (1978)
Published criminal decisions (~64)
Judge Marci Lin Melvin [8] Kentville November 12, 2008 PC
(MacDonald/Clarke)
NS Legal Aid
Called to bar (1982)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Judge Jean M. Whalen [9] Dartmouth January 16, 2009 PC
(MacDonald/Clarke)
NS Public Prosecution Service
Called to bar (~1985)
Published criminal decisions (~50)
Judge Del W. Atwood [10] Pictou November 10, 2009 NDP
(Dexter/Landry)
NS Public Prosecution Service
Called to bar (1985)
Published criminal decisions (~184)
Judge Jean M. Dewolfe [11] Kentville November 10, 2009 NDP
(Dexter/Landry)
Muttart Tufts Dewolfe and Coyle (family) (1990 to 2009)
Called to bar (1986)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Judge Richard J. MacKinnon [12] Antigonish November 10, 2009 NDP
(Dexter/Landry)
NS Public Prosecution Service
Called to bar (1977)
Published criminal decisions (~1)
Judge Gregory E. Lenehan [13] Halifax October 19, 2010 NDP
(Dexter/Landry)
NS Public Prosecution Service (1989 to 2010) Published criminal decisions (~4)
Judge Paul V. Scovil [14] Bridgewater August 2, 2011 NDP
(Dexter/Landry)
NS Public Prosecution Service (1998 to 2011)
Called to bar (1982)
Published criminal decisions (~44)
Judge Timothy D. Landry [15] [16] Digby/Yarmouth September 19, 2012 NDP
(Dexter/Landry)
NS Legal Aid (1994 to 2012)
Called to bar (1992)
Published criminal decisions (~2)
Judge Daniel A. MacRury [17] Dartmouth July 30, 2014 Liberal
(McNeil/Diab)
NS Public Prosecution Service
Called to bar (1986)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Judge Timothy Daley [18] Pictou March 17, 2015 Liberal
(McNeil/Diab)
Private practice (mix)
Called to bar (1992)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Judge Elizabeth Buckle [19] [20] Halifax
Amherst
March 31, 2015 Liberal
(McNeil/Diab)
Beveridge, MacPherseon & Buckle (criminal) (2008 to 2015)
PPSC Crown (2004 to 2008)
Heller Rubel
Called to bar (1994)
Published criminal decisions (~17)
Judge E. Ann Marie MacInnes [21] Sydney November 10, 2015 Liberal
(McNeil/Whalen)
NS Legal Aid
Called to bar (1991)
Published criminal decisions (~2)
Judge Alain Bégin [22] [23] Truro September 1, 2016 Liberal
(McNeil/Whalen)
McLellan Richards & Bégin (2000 to 2016)
Private practice
Called to bar (1995)
Published criminal decisions (~15)
Judge Ronda van der Hoek [24] Kentville/Windsor January 23, 2017 Liberal
(McNeil/Whalen)
Public Prosecution Service of Canada
Called to bar (1997)
Published criminal decisions (~2)
Judge Cathy Benton [25] [26] [27] Bridgewater/
Shubenacadie
January 23, 2017 Liberal
(McNeil/Whalen)
NS Legal Aid
Called to bar (1994)
Published criminal decisions (~3)
Judge Rickcola Brinton [28] Halifax March 31, 2017 Liberal
(McNeil/Whalen)
NS Legal Aid, Youth (2001 to 2017)
Called to bar (~2000)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Judge Rosalind Michie [29] Amherst March 31, 2017 Liberal
(McNeil/Whalen)
NS Public Prosecution Service (2001 to 2017)
Called to bar (1997)
Published criminal decisions (~5)
Judge Amy Sakalauskas [30] [31] Sydney March 31, 2017 Liberal
(McNeil/Whalen)
Private practice
Called to bar (2003)
Published criminal decisions (~6)
Judge Diane L. McGrath [32] Sydney September 19, 2017 Liberal
(McNeil/Furey)
NS Prosecution Service
NS Legal Aid
Private Practice
Called to bar (1993)
Published criminal decisions (~5)
Judge Anne Marie Simmons [33] Halifax November 10, 2017 Liberal
(McNeil/Furey)
Public Prosecution Service of Canada (2005 to 2017)
NS Crown Attorney
private practice
Called to bar (~1984)
Published criminal decisions (~2)
Judge Chris Manning [34] Kentville May 31, 2018 Liberal
(McNeil/Furey)
Private Practice (criminal)
NS Legal Aid
Called to bar (1985)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Judge Perry Borden [35] Halifax July 9, 2020 Liberal
(McNeil/Furey)
NS Crown Attorney (2007 to 2020)
Private Practice (criminal)
Called to bar (2003)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Judge Aleta Cromwell [36] Halifax July 9, 2020 Liberal
(McNeil/Furey)
DOJ
Called to bar (1999)
Published criminal decisions (~0)

Supernumerary Judges

Name Location Date Appointed Appointed By Prior Position(s) Other Details
Judge Michael B. Sherar [37] Halifax 1990 (Judge)
January 2020 (Sup.)
PC Blois Nickerson
Called to bar (~1978)
Published criminal decisions (~12)
Judge Warren Zimmer Truro April 12, 2011 (Judge), 2017 (Sup.) NDP Private Practice (1984 to 2011)
Crown Attorney (1978 to 1984)
Called to bar (1978)
Published criminal decisions (~0)
Judge Marc C. Chisholm [38] Halifax September 19, 2003 (Judge), 2017 (Sup.) PC NS Public Prosecution Service (1980 to 2003)
Called to bar (1980)
Published criminal decisions (~40)
Judge William Digby [39] [40] Halifax June 10, 1997 (Judge), 2017 (Supernumerary) Liberal NS Legal Aid Director (1994 to 1997)
NS Legal Aid (1973 to 1997)
Called to bar (1972)
Published criminal decisions (~2)
Judge Flora I. Buchan Dartmouth 1996 (judge), 2017 (Sup) Liberal private practice
Called to bar (~1981)
Published criminal decisions (~1)
Judge Alan T. Tufts [41] Kentville 1998 (Judge)
2013 (ACJ)
May 31, 2018 (Sup)
Liberal (1998)
NDP (2013)
Muttart Tufts Dewolfe and Coyle
Called to bar (~1980)
Published criminal decisions (~61)
Judge William Dyer Bridgewater Published criminal decisions (~0)
Judge John D. Comeau Dartmouth 1981 [42] Published criminal decisions (~0)
Judge Claudine MacDonald Published criminal decisions (~8)

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Previous Judges

Contact Info

Halifax [44]

Halifax Provincial Court
5250 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS
B3J 1E7
Phone: (902) 424-8718
Fax: (902) 424-0551
<halifaxprovincialcourt@courts.ns.ca>

Halifax (Youth Court) [45]

Youth Justice Court
Halifax Provincial Courthouse
5250 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS
B3J 1E7
Phone: (902) 424-8718
Fax: (902) 424-0551

Dartmouth [46]

277 Pleasant St.
Dartmouth, NS
B2Y 4B7
Phone: (902) 424-2390
Fax: (902) 424-0677
<DartmouthProvincialCourt@gov.ns.ca>

Dartmouth (Mental Health Court) [47]

Dartmouth Provincial Courthouse
Courtroom #5, 1st Floor
(Offices on the 2nd Floor)
277 Pleasant St.
Dartmouth, NS
B2Y 4B7
Phone: (902) 722-1040

Truro [48]

Provincial Court
540 Prince Street
Truro, NS
B2N 1G1
Phone: (902) 893-5840
Fax: (902) 893-6261

Shubenacadie (Satellite) [49]

5 Mill Village Rd.
Shubenacadie, NS
B0N 1Y0
(902) 893-5840 (Truro Court)

Pictou [50]

69 Water Street
P.O. Box 1750
Pictou, NS B0K 1H0
Phone: (902) 485-7350
Fax: (902) 485-3552
<newglasgowpictouprovincialcourt@courts.ns.ca>

Antigonish [51]

11 James Street
Antigonish, NS B2G 1R6
Phone: (902) 863-3676
Fax: (902) 863-7479

Amherst [52]

16 Church Street
3rd Floor
Amherst, NS B4H 3A6
Phone: (902) 667-2256
Fax: (902) 667-1108

Kentville [53]

87 Cornwallis Street
Kentville, NS B4N 2E5
Phone: (902) 679-6070
Fax: (902) 679-6178
<kentvilleprovincialcourt@courts.ns.ca>

Windsor (Satellite) [54]

240 King Street
Windsor, NS B0N 2T0
Phone: 679-6070

Digby [55]

119 Queen St.
P.O. Box 1089
Digby, NS B0V 1A0
Phone: 245-4567
Fax: 245-6722

Annapolis Royal (satellite) [56]

377 Saint George Street
P.O. Box 129
Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0
Phone: 532-5462
Fax: 532-7225

Yarmouth [57]

164 Main Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 1C2
Phone: 742-0500
Fax: 742-0678

Shelburne (Satellite) [58]

136 Hammond Street
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
Phone: 742-0500

Bridgewater [59]

141 High Street
Bridgewater, NS
B4V 1W2
Phone: (902) 543-4679
Fax: (902) 543-0678

Port Hawkesbury [60]

15 Kennedy Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2Y1
Phone: (902) 625-2665
Fax: (902) 625-4084

Sydney [61]

136 Charlotte Street
Suites #4 & #5
Sydney, NS B1P 1C3
Phone: (902) 563-3510
Fax: (902) 563-3421

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