New appointment: The Hon. Justice Robert M. Gregan
The Honourable Joseph Kennedy, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, is pleased to welcome Robert M. Gregan of Nova Scotia Legal Aid in Amherst to the Family Division.
Justice Gregan was appointed on June 24 by federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay QC; his appointment took effect immediately.
A native of Chatham, New Brunswick, Justice Gregan earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1987 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1990, both from the University of New Brunswick.
He comes to the Bench from the Nova Scotia Legal Aid office in Amherst where he was Managing Lawyer and Senior Staff Counsel. He was with Legal Aid since being admitted to the Bar in 1991, except for several years as an associate with the law firm of Creighton and Shatford and from 1991 to 2003 with the law firm of Hicks, Lemoine. During his career, he has practised in both criminal and family law at all levels of Court
He has been a member of the NSBS Council since 2013 and sat on the Society’s Complaints Investigation Committee and the Working Group on Entity Regulation sub-committee. He was also a member of the Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers’ Association, had served as Secretary for the Canadian Prison Law Association from 2011 until his appointment, and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association.
Justice Gregan’s community work included serving as a Volunteer Facilitator for the Parent Information Program of the Department of Justice. He had been a board member for the Cumberland YMCA. He also served for six years on the Board of Directors of the Cumberland Community Alternatives Society, a restorative justice organization. He also served as its President.
Justice Gregan joins the Court in Sydney as the Honourable Justice M. Clare MacLellan elects supernumerary status after 16 years presiding in the Supreme Court Family Division and several more in the Province's Family Court.
Arrangements for a robing ceremony for Justice Gregan are currently being discussed. Further information will be available on the Courts of Nova Scotia website when they have been finalized.
Justice Canada announcement (June 24, 2015)
Amherst lawyer appointed to Supreme Court Family Division bench
Amherst News / The Citizen-Record | June 24, 2015