We’re pleased to announce that Malcolm Jeffcock QC of Truro, NS is the recipient of the Society’s 2021 Distinguished Service Award (DSA).
Established in 1999, the DSA is presented to a member who has made significant contributions to their community, the legal profession and to the Society.
“As chair of the Society’s Distinguished Service Award committee, I am delighted to see Malcolm recognized with this award for his outstanding contributions and commitment to the profession, the Society and his community. Malcolm is a leader in every respect, and he is most worthy of this recognition. He is a person to whom all members of the profession can look for inspiration.” – Marjorie A. Hickey QC, Chair of the NSBS Distinguished Service Committee and 2013 DSA recipient.
“To be included on a list with such a distinguished group of previous recipients is not only overwhelming but it is also hard for me to imagine. I am extremely proud to say that I’ve had the privilege to work with some of the previous recipients and I also attended law school with two… where we were students of several other members of this list!
I only hope that I can continue to serve my clients and the Bar in a manner that allows others to feel that I am worthy of the huge honour that has been bestowed upon me by the Society. My heartfelt gratitude to those who felt me worthy of nomination and the members of the Committee who agreed. As the son of immigrants who came to Canada with very little such recognition is overwhelming. Thank you.” – Malcolm Jeffcock QC
About Malcolm Jeffcock QC
Malcolm Jeffcock QC was born in Cornwall, Ontario. He was called to the NS Bar in 1981 after earning his Bachelor of Science in psychology in 1977 and his Bachelor of Law in 1981 from Dalhousie University. He was also called to the British Columbia Bar in 2011 and remains a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.
Malcolm is a sole practitioner based in Truro who represents clients from across Atlantic Canada. Most of his career was with legal aid including NS and BC Legal Aid and his 40-year practice has primarily focused on criminal law and mental health law. He has appeared in front of the NS Provincial Court, NS Supreme Court, the NS Court of Appeal, the NS Criminal Code Review Board, the NS Review Board convened pursuant to the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act and the Supreme Court of Canada.
In 2005, Malcolm received his Queen’s Counsel (QC) designation. He also accepted an appointment in 2013 as a per diem Crown Attorney.
Malcolm has dedicated his time, leadership and skills to the Society and the legal profession throughout his career. He has mentored many colleagues and he is frequently engaged by the Society to act on our behalf in receiverships. He has served for many years as a member and Chair on various Society committees and currently serves as a dedicated member of the Code of Professional Conduct Committee – Ethics and Professional Standards (Criminal) Committee.
He has been a CBA member and was previously the chairman of Criminal Justice Section, Nova Scotia Branch Canadian Bar; a member of the Police Review Board Nova Scotia, a founding and member of the NS Roundtable Committee on the Criminalization of the Mentally Ill and NS Mental Health (Wellness) Court Planning & Implementation Committee (2008-11), a current member of the Provincial Wellness Court Steering Committee as well as the Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers’ Association.
Malcolm is a regular lecturer, and he has presented for the Canadian Congress on Criminal Justice, NSBS, CBA, NS Criminal Lawyers’ Association, the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Capital District Health Authority Association of Social Workers’, Capital District Health Ethics & Education Committee, Lake City Industries, St. Mary’s University and more.
As an active community member, Malcolm volunteers extensively and he has dedicated his time to organizations including the Executive, Truro Golf Club, Truro and Area Minor Hockey Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters Colchester County, Colchester and District Soccer Association, the Regional Steering Committee Options for Youth, Colchester County, and the NS Committee Coordinating Community Agency Response to Family Violence. He is also an active vintage car enthusiast and a member of the British Automobile Touring Association.
Malcolm is also an active volunteer in amateur sport. He is a certified hockey coach, a qualified Ajax Football (soccer) youth coach, a baseball coach and he has acquired over 25 years of experience as an active hockey referee.