Nova Scotia Court of Appeal

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The Court of Appeal for Nova Scotia uses the Royal Arms of the Queen in Right of Nova Scotia to represent the Queen as the font of justice being administered by the court

The Court of Appeal for Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia Court of Appeal or NSCA) is the highest appeal court in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. There are currently seven Justices and one Chief Justice. The court sits in Halifax, which is the capital of Nova Scotia. Cases are heard by a panel of three judges and over the year they rule on roughly 250 cases.

The Court of Appeal was established on 30 January 1993. Prior to 1966 appeals pursuant to Supreme Court cases were heard by a panel of Supreme Court judges sitting en banc and from 1966 to 1993 by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.[1] The Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal is the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia. Prior to the establishment of the Court of Appeal the Chief Justice was the Chief Justice of the Appeal Division (1966–1993) and before 1966 of the Supreme Court.


The court derives its power from legislation of the Nova Scotia legislature, the Judicature Act. It hears appeals from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Provincial Court of Nova Scotia, and various tribunals.

Only the Supreme Court of Canada has jurisdiction to hear appeals from decisions of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal; in practice this happens a few times a year.


Position Name Appointed Nominated By
Chief Justice of Nova Scotia J. Michael MacDonald 2005 Martin
Justice Duncan R. Beveridge 2009 Harper
Justice Cindy A. Bourgeois 2014 Harper
Justice Peter M.S. Bryson 2010 Harper
Justice Anne Derrick 2017 Trudeau
Justice David P.S. Farrar 2010 Harper
Justice Joel E. Fichaud 2003 Chretien
Justice (Supernumerary) M. Jill Hamilton 2001 Chretien
Justice (Supernumerary) Linda L. Oland 2000 Chretien
Justice (Supernumerary) Jamie W. S. Saunders 2000 Chretien
Justice (Supernumerary) J. Edward Scanlan 2013 Harper
Justice Elizabeth Van den Eynden 2015 Harper

Past judges[edit]

  • Chief Justice Constance Glube (1998 - 2005)
  • Justice Gerald Freeman (1998 - 2006)
  • Justice Thomas Cromwell (1997 - 2008)
  • Justice Nancy J. Bateman (1995 - 2010)
  • Justice John Flinn (1995 - 2002)
  • Justice Ronald Newton Pugsley (1993 - 2000)
  • Justice Elizabeth Ann Roscoe (1992 - 2010)
  • Justice J. Doane Hallett (1990 - 1997)
  • Justice David Ritchie Chipman (1987 - 2000)
  • Justice Kenneth McNeill Matthews (1985 - 1997)
  • Justice Lorne Otis Clarke (1985 - 1997)
  • Justice Vincent A.J. Morrison (1982 - 1987)
  • Justice Leonard Lawson Pace (1978 - 1990)

Chief Justice of Nova Scotia[edit]

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
  • William Smith (1798 -)
  • William Woodfall (1803 -)
  • Archibald Charles Dodd (1806 - 1820)
Chief Justices of Nova Scotia
Chief Justices of the Court of Appeal


  1. ^ "Citing cases from the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Nova Scotia". Nova Scotis Barrister's Society. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  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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