Judges Currently Sitting in the Provincial & Family Courts

Judges live and work throughout the Province, generally presiding in courthouses in or near the communities in which they live. However, the Provincial Court is a circuit court, which means its Judges also travel to and from their home location to other communities to hear cases, as required.

Retired judges may preside part-time, as required, until they reach the age of 75. The number of retired part-time judges varies.

Judges of the Provincial and Family Courts may be contacted through the main line at the courthouse in which they primarily preside. See the table below for those assigniments. Contact information for courthouses across Nova Scotia can be found at COURTHOUSE LOCATIONS/MAPS >>

For more information about the Judges of the Provincial and Family Courts, including details on the judicial appointment process and how to properly address a Judge in Court, CLICK HERE >>

In the list below, the court in which the Judge sits most of the time
is shown first (Provincial/Family or Family/Provincal).




Chief Judge of Provincial & Family Courts: Pamela S. Williams Dartmouth
Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court: Vacant  
Judge Del W. Atwood (part-time)  
Judge Jillian Barrington Sydney
Judge Barbara Beach (part-time) Halifax
Judge Alain B├ęgin Truro
Judge Catherine Benton Bridgewater/Shubenacadie
Judge Perry Borden Halifax
Judge Rickcola Brinton Dartmouth
Judge Elizabeth A. Buckle Halifax
Judge James H. Burrill Yarmouth
Judge Marc C. Chisholm (part-time)  
Judge Timothy Daley Pictou
Judge Christine Driscoll Halifax
Judge Bronwyn Duffy Dartmouth
Judge Laurel J. Halfpenny MacQuarrie Port Hawkesbury
Judge Jill Hartlen Dartmouth
Judge Bryna Hatt Pictou
Judge Timothy D. Landry Digby/Yarmouth
Judge Gregory E. Lenehan Halifax
Judge Claudine MacDonald (part-time)  
Judge E. Ann Marie MacInnes (part-time)  
Judge Daniel A. MacRury Sydney
Judge Chris Manning Kentville/Windsor
Judge Diane L. McGrath Sydney
Judge Marci Lin Melvin Bridgewater
Judge Rosalind Michie Amherst
Judge Alanna Murphy Dartmouth
Judge A. Peter Ross (part-time)  
Judge Nicole A. Rovers Antigonish
Judge D. Shane Russell Sydney
Judge Amy Sakalauskas Dartmouth
Judge Brad G. Sarson Dartmouth
Judge Paul B. Scovil Bridgewater
Judge Kelly J. Serbu Halifax
Judge Michael B. Sherar (part-time)  
Judge Ann Marie Simmons Halifax
Judge Theodore K. Tax (part-time)  
Judge Alan Tufts (part-time)  
Judge Ronda van der Hoek Kentville/Windsor
Judge Jean M. Whalen (part-time)  
Judge Brian D. Williston (part-time)  
Judge Warren Zimmer (part-time)