New Justice Sworn-in
The Honourable Justice Michael J. Wood was sworn-in at a ceremony
Justice Wood was appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Thursday, September 29th by the federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C. The appointment took effect immediately.
Justice Wood comes to the Bench with almost 30 years of experience as a lawyer in private practice with the Halifax law firm of Burchells LLP. He focused primarily on litigation and administrative law.
His experience as a litigator is extensive. It encompasses fields such as construction, professional liability, complex commercial disputes, product liability, environmental contamination, and institutional abuse. In administrative law, he dealt with matters such as professional discipline, human rights, and municipal planning and development.
Justice Wood has acted as counsel to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and was discipline counsel to the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, the Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission and the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia.
He has appeared before all levels of Court both in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. He has also appeared before the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.
He was called to the Bar in 1982 after earning a Bachelor of Sciences from Acadia University and then a Bachelor of Law from Dalhousie University. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999.
As an active member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, he served on Council as well as on committees concerned with Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Administration of Justice, and Professional Responsibility Practices and Procedures. He was also a member of the National Advisory Committee and chair of the Atlantic Regional Committee for the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute.
Justice Wood was past-president of the Canadian Bar Association’s Nova Scotia Construction and Administrative Law sections. He has spoken at many of the Canadian Bar Association’s regional and national conferences as well as at similar events put on by numerous other organizations such as the National Judicial Institute and Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals. And he has lectured at Dalhousie University for the faculties of Law and Dentistry.
Justice Wood sits in Halifax, replacing the Honourable Justice C. Richard Coughlan who will become the resident Supreme Court Judge in Bridgewater. Justice Coughlan is moving to replace the Honourable Justice Margaret J. Stewart who elected to become a supernumerary Judge in June of this year.