The Honourable Judge Elizabeth A. Buckle
Judge Buckle joins the Nova Scotia Judiciary after more than 20 years in private practice, most recently, at the Halifax law firm of MacKinnon Buckle Stevenson.
Judge Buckle was called the Ontario Bar in 1994 and then, to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1998. She earned her law degree at the Dalhouse University Law School in 1992 after graduating, in 1988, with a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours) in Psychology.
She has practiced exclusively in the areas of criminal law, quasi-criminal defence, and administrative law in Toronto and in Halifax. Her administrative law practice included representing members of the Halifax Regional Police Service charged with disciplinary offences as well as the prosecution and defence of professionals in a variety of regulated professions.
Between 2004 and 2008, Judge Buckle worked as a Federal Crown Prosecutor with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. She was assigned to the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit. Then, as a member of the General Prosecution Team, her primary responsibility was to prosecute offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. She also worked with the Atlantic Regional "Rowbotham" team of the Prosecution Service, representing the Crown in applications made by accused for state-funded counsel.
In 2008, she returned to private practice as a partner with the Halifax law firm of Beveridge, MacPherseon & Buckle which later became MacKinnon Buckle Stevenson. She was with the firm until her appointment to the Bench.
Judge Buckle is also a part-time faculty member at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. She teaches Criminal Trial Practice and lectures in various Continuing Legal Education programs. She was also a member of the faculty of the Federation of Law Societies' National Criminal Law Program and was president of the Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers Association.
In addition to publishing a number of works to do with legal issues, Judge Buckle has also lectured, taught, and presented at a wide variety of conferences, seminars, and training sessions for members of the legal profession.
Judge Buckle will be sitting, primarily, in the Provincial Court in Amherst.
She will replace Judge Daniel MacRury who has been presiding in Amherst and in Halifax since he was appointed to the Bench in July, 2014. Judge MacRury will be moving to Halifax Provincial Court.