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The Court of Appeal
sits only in Halifax

Halifax Law Courts - Next To Ferry Terminal

The Law Courts Building
1815 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS
B3J 1S7

Tel: (902) 424-4900
Fax: (902) 424-0524

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All inquiries regarding the Court of Appeal should be directed to:
The Registrar at (902) 424-8962
or E-mail THE REGISTRAR >>

COURT OF APPEAL DOCKETS >>
Dockets for all four terms are updated continuously.

DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEAL >>
A searchable database of the Court's rulings

RULES AND FORMS OF THE COURT >>
Rules and Forms of the the Court.

RULE RE: CAMERAS IN COURTROOM >>
Protocol for requesting permission to use cameras in the courtroom during a hearing.

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal offers several educational and employment opportunities for law students and young lawyers .....

THE ANNUAL CLERKSHIP PROGRAM >>

THE GORDON S. COWAN INTERNSHIP >>

More Information About The Court

The Court of Appeal hears appeals in both civil and criminal matters from the Supreme Court, in criminal matters from the Provincial Court and the Youth Justice Court, and Family Matters from the Family Court. It also hears appeals of decisions by Tribunals such as the Workers' Compensation Appeals Tribunal, the Utilities Review Board, and the Human Rights Commission. Through its judgments, the Court of Appeal clarifies and develops the law in the Province of Nova Scotia.

The Justices of the Court of Appeal

The Court has a Chief Justice (who is also the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia) and seven other Justices. Semi-retired (supernumerary) Justices may also form part of the Court of Appeal. The Justices do not sit on any other Court and they have no previous involvement with the cases that come before them on appeal.

(in alphabetical order)
Chief Justice Michael MacDonald Justice Joel E. Fichaud
Justice Duncan R. Beveridge Justice M. Jill Hamilton (Supernumerary)
Justice Cindy A. Bourgeois Justice Linda Lee Oland (Supernumerary)
Justice Peter M.S. Bryson Justice Jamie W. S. Saunders (Supernumerary)
Justice David P.S. Farrar Justice J. Edward (Ted) Scanlan
  Justice Elizabeth Van den Eynden
   

Links to Other Information and Materials

HOW TO PREPARE AN APPEAL BOOK >>
A video, graphics, and instructions to help you avoid having your documentation rejected.

HOW TO FORMAT & FILE YOUR ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS >>
Detailed instructions on the required electronic format for your appeal factum and transcript(s).

SUPREME COURT OF CANADA CASES YOU NEED NOT INCLUDE IN THE BOOK OF AUTHORITIES >>
A list of decisions that the Court of Appeal keeps on hand.

WCAT CASES YOU NEED NOT INCLUDE IN THE BOOK OF AUTHORITIES - CHRONOLOGICAL BINDERS >>
A list of decisions that the Court of Appeal keeps on hand.

WCAT CASES YOU NEED NOT INCLUDE IN THE BOOK OF AUTHORITIES - ALPHABETICAL BINDERS >>
A list of decisions that the Court of Appeal keeps on hand.

PROTOCOL RE: PROCEEDINGS INVOLVING ALLEGATIONS OF INEFFECTIVE COUNSEL >>
A step-by-step outline of the process.

FINAL REPORT OF THE BENCH/BAR APPELLATE PROCEDURES COMMITTEE ON CRIMINAL APPEALS >>
A record of what has been done to improve processes for handling complex criminal appeals.

APPEALS INVOLVING INTERNATIONAL CHILD ABDUCTIONS (HAGUE CONVENTION) >>
This protocol engages the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

JUDICIAL MEDIATION PROGRAM >>
This program helps litigants avoid costly and time-consuming courtroom hearings.

 

 

Representing Yourself In The Court Of Appeal

Are you considering representing yourself in court? Start by reading the brochure below.

BROCHURE - THE COURT OF APPEAL >>

GUIDE - LA COUR D'APPEL >>

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (NSCA) >>

There are also two "How-To" manuals available depending on the type of appeal:

HOW TO APPEAL A CRIMINAL LAW DECISION >>

HOW TO APPEAL A CIVIL LAW DECISION >>

There is more information and links to other web-based resources
for people who are considering representing themselves in Court HERE >>