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The Court

The Court of Appeal is the province's highest court. It is generally the court of last resort for Nova Scotians seeking to have their lower court decisions appealed, save in a very few cases when there is a further appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Court of Appeal sits only in Halifax and hears appeals in both civil and criminal matters from the Supreme Court and, in criminal matters, from the Provincial Court, Family Court, and the Youth Court. It also hears appeals of decisions by tribunals such as the Workers' Compensation Board, the Utilities Review Board, and the Human Rights Commission.


Access Decisions of the Court of Appeal

View Court Of Appeal Docket

Judicial Mediation Program

Final Report of the Bench/Bar Appellate Procedures Committee on Criminal Appeals

The Gordon S. Cowan Internship

The NSCA Clerkship Program

Protocol Re: Proceedings Involving Allegations of Ineffective Counsel (amended Feb. 2014)

Appeals Involving International Child Abductions (Hague Convention) - A Practice Directive

SCC Cases You Need Not Include in the Book of Authorities

WCAT Cases Not Needed in the Book of Authorities - chronological (updated May 2013)
WCAT Cases Not Needed in the Book of Authorities - alphabetical (updated May 2013)

How To Create An Appeal Book - a multi-media presentation

See - Information kits for representing yourself in the Court of Appeal