NSBS statement on court decision in Trinity Western University matter

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The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has released its decision in the matter between Trinity Western University and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

The university had applied for judicial review of NSBS Council’s decision relating to its proposed law school, and the Hon. Justice Jamie Campbell heard the matter December 16 through 19, 2014. His 139-page decision, dated January 28, is available on the Courts of Nova Scotia website, on the Court Decisions page. 

“We received the decision today, and we’re reviewing it,” Society President Tilly Pillay QC, said Wednesday, January 28, upon the decision's release.

“We appreciate that Justice Campbell dealt with this matter very quickly and comprehensively. We are analyzing the decision and will review it with our legal counsel before we can determine what the next steps might be. There is much to consider.”

Webcasts of the court hearing are still available online, on the Archive of Recent Webcasts page of the Courts of Nova Scotia website. Visit the Society’s TWU public input page for links to legal briefs and other documents filed in the matter by the applicant (TWU), the respondent (NSBS) and a number of interveners.

Prior to its conditional approval of TWU’s application to open a law school, Council held an extensive public consultation process, receiving a wide range of input from the legal profession, the public and Trinity Western officials. For more details on that process, including public meeting transcripts and written submissions, see TWU public input.