“It is wonderful to have the extensive legal background and experience of these three individuals on the Supreme Court. This will be new territory for all the appointees and I know they are up to the challenge. I wish them all the best in their careers on the Bench.”
- Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy

Robing Ceremonies

Justice Pamela J. MacKeigan was officially sworn in on Nov. 16, 2016. A robing ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at Supreme Court - Family Division, 3380 Devonshire Ave., Halifax. The ceremony will be held in Courtroom #1. Attendees are asked to arrive by 1:45 p.m.

Justice Ann E. Smith and Justice D. Timothy Gabriel were sworn in on Nov. 7, 2016. A robing ceremony for Justice Smith will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Halifax Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water St., Halifax.

As per the GUIDELINES TO MEDIA & PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE COURTS >> video cameras and still photography will be permitted inside the courtroom during the robing ceremonies. Because space is somewhat restricted, camera operators may be limited to a pre-determined area of the courtroom to minimize any disruption.


Justice D. Timothy Gabriel


Before this appointment, Justice Gabriel was a Judge of the Provincial Court and Family Courts of Nova Scotia, presiding in Dartmouth. He was first appointed to the Bench in September 2010.

Justice Gabriel graduated from Dalhousie University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Law degree. Admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1982, he immediately went to work for Landry McGillivray, a general practice law firm in Dartmouth, where he remained until his appointment to the Provincial Court. Justice Gabriel received his Queen's Counsel designation in January 2010.

At the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court in 2016, Justice Gabriel was the first Mi'kmaw and only the second Indigenous person appointed to the Nova Scotia Judiciary.

Justice Ann E. Smith


During her 25-year legal career, Justice Smith has worked with Stewart McKelvey and most recently with Burchells LLP, both Halifax firms. In December 2012 she was appointed Queen’s Counsel.

In addition to practicing law, Justice Smith has taught and lectured on civil litigation and employment law issues at both the Schulich Law School and the Dalhousie School of Nursing.



Justice Pamela J. MacKeigan


Justice MacKeigan studied Law at Dalhousie University and the University of Ottawa, graduating in 1983. She was first admitted to the Bar in Alberta in 1981 and in Nova Scotia in 1984.

Prior to this appointment, Justice MacKeigan was a senior solicitor with the Child Protection Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. She has also worked with Nova Scotia Legal Aid, Crawford, Boudreau & Khatter, and Blois Nickerson & Bryson in Halifax.