The Honourable Judge Timothy Daley

Judge Daley Sworn in
The Honourable Judge Timothy Daley (left) and the
Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, The Honourable Michael MacDonald

A Newfoundlander by birth and a Nova Scotian by choice, Judge Daley joins the Judiciary after nearly 23 years in private practice. He was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in June of 1992.

Most recently, he was a sole practitioner of the Goodman MacDonald Law Group in New Glasgow, focused primarily on family law. He has also practiced in the areas of criminal defense and civil litigation. He is an experienced negotiator and litigator and is trained in family mediation and collaborative family law.

Judge Daley is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and a past president of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society. During his years of service to the Society, he has been a member and/or Chair of the Bar Council, the Executive, the Governance and Nominating, Finance, Ethics, Professional Responsibility Policy & Procedures, Gender Equity, Lawyers’ Fund for Client Compensation, Task Force on Lawyer/Client Loans, and the Professional Standards (Family) Committees. He was also on the Board of Trustees for the Nova Scotia Mental Health Foundation.

He has been a part-time faculty member, teaching Family Law, at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and has taught a Business Law Course at St. Francis Xavier University and the Nova Scotia Community College..

Judge Daley has been a Mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, served as president of the Pictou County YM/YWCA, sat on the Board of New Leaf (an anger management program for men), and is a founding member and volunteer facilitator in the Parent Education Program of the Family Court.

Judge Daley was appointed Queen’s Counsel in March of 2011. The Q.C. designation is granted to lawyers who practice at least 15 years in Nova Scotia and who demonstrate professional integrity, good character, and outstanding contributions to the practice of law.

Judges of the Nova Scotia Family and Provincial Courts are appointed by the Minister of Justice. They are selected from a list of candidates put forth by the Committee on Provincial Judicial Appointments. The committee includes two members of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, Judges of the Provincial and Family Courts, and four members appointed by the Minister of Justice. The committee recommendations are based on criteria in the Guidelines for Provincial Judicial Appointments.