Justice Edward (Ted) Scanlan


A native of Pictou County, N.S., Justice Edward (Ted) Scanlan earned his BA at St. Francis Xavier University in 1977 and his law degree at the University of New Brunswick in 1980.

He was was called to the Nova Scotia Bar later that same year and spent 13 years in private practice in the Pictou area. He received his Queen's Counsel designation in December 1992.

Justice Scanlan was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in May 1993. He presided in Supreme Court in Truro and Amherst for 20 years before he was appointed to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in October 2013 to replace Justice Jill Hamilton, who chose to become a supernumerary Judge.

This most recent change means there are now four supernumerary Judges sitting on the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.

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