“We are thrilled to have someone of Justice Bodurtha’s caliber appointed to the Bench.
I have no doubt his expertise will prove valuable on this Court, and his involvement with the
committee work outside the courtroom shows his commitment to an efficient, effective and
representative judicial system. We are fortunate to have him.”

- The Honourable Joseph Kennedy, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Justice John Bodurtha

There will be a robing ceremony in Halifax on Friday, Oct. 19, to officially swear in Justice John Bodurtha.
The event will begin at 3 p.m. in Courtroom 301 at the Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water St., Halifax.
Guests are asked to arrive no later than 2:45 p.m.

Justice John Bodurtha was born and raised in Halifax, N.S. He received his law degree from Dalhousie University and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1996. He spent a year with Nova Scotia Legal Aid before joining the Tax Law Services section in the Atlantic Regional Office of Justice Canada as a tax litigator in 1997. Until his appointment, he was director of the Tax Law Services section in the Atlantic Regional Office and a member of various committees within the office and national departmental committees.

Justice Bodurtha was also an active member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. He was elected to Council in 2015 for the Halifax District and was appointed Second Vice-President in 2017. At the time of his appointment to the Bench, Justice Bodurtha was First Vice-President.

At the Barristers’ Society, he served on various committees, including the Executive, Finance, Governance and Nominating, and Complaints Investigation committees. He also served as co-chair of the Racial Equity Committee and was the Society’s representative on the Advisory Committee on Provincial Judicial Appointments. Justice Bodurtha’s volunteer activities include being a long-standing member of the Board of Directors for Dalhousie Legal Aid, a board member for Halifax City Soccer Club, and a past member of the Board of Directors for Phoenix House.