TWU matter

Public consultation on Trinity Western’s application for a law school

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society received a wide range of input from the legal profession and the public on its consideration of Trinity Western University’s application to open a law school in Langley, British Columbia. On April 25, 2014 following extensive debate, the Council of the Society decided to grant conditional approval to TWU. For complete details, see Council votes for Option C in Trinity Western University law school decision.

Trinity Western University applied to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court for a judicial review of Council's decision, and a Complex Chambers Hearing took place December 16 to 19, 2014. The Court's decision was released January 28, 2015 and can be accessed at The Courts of Nova Scotia provided a live webcast of the hearing, and the video is still available on the Archive of Recent Webcasts page at
On March 23, 2015, Council instructed the Society to pursue an appeal, finding that the Society's public protection mandate requires the matter to be considered by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. The appeal hearing took place on April 6, 7 and 8, 2016 and a decision is still pending.