Mark Scott QC Acclaimed as Second Vice-President, District Acclamations & Halifax Election

Mark Scott QC is the Society’s Second Vice-President for the 2021-2022 Council year.

“After having worked with Mark on various committees, I know he will be an asset to the Society, to the membership and to the public at large. Mark is thoughtful, dedicated, and his skills and experience as a public prosecutor will certainly support the Society as we work to advance our strategic priorities, “said the Society’s First Vice-President Tuma Young QC.

Mark was acclaimed as Second Vice-President after the nomination process closed February 15th. He will assume the post and its responsibilities after the Society’s Annual Meeting on June 19, 2021. Tuma Young QC will serve as the 2021-2022 President.

The Second Vice-President holds a key position in governance and continues to become First Vice-President and then President of the Society.

Mark’s Biography

Mark Scott QC graduated with his LLB in 1994 from the University of New Brunswick Law School and was first admitted to the NL Bar in 1995. In 1996, he was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar and he joined Burchell MacDougall in Halifax focusing on criminal defence, appeals and per diem work for both the federal and provincial Crown.

In 1998, Mark was appointed a Crown attorney in the Halifax office of the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service and in 2000 he moved to Special Prosecutions. In July 2019, he was appointed as Chief Crown attorney of the newly merged Appeals and Special Prosecutions Section. Mark received his Queen’s Counsel (QC) designation in February 2016

As a dedicated Society volunteer, Mark serves as a member of the Society’s Criminal Standards Committee and as vice-chair of the Complaints Investigations Committee. He has also assisted the Society by presenting at continuing legal education conferences and evaluating examinations skills at bar admissions courses.

Since June 2020, Mark has been Co-Chair for the National Heads of Prosecutions subcommittee on Preventing Wrongful Convictions. He is also a coach for Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law’s Gale Cup national moot competition and is a Schulich School of Law second year moot judge.

Mark contributes to his community as the Board Chair for the Bayers-Westwood Family Resource Centre, a non-profit centre aimed at providing support for low-income and recent immigrant families in the Bayers-Westwood region of Halifax.

Upcoming Halifax District Election

A Council Election will be held in Halifax District from March 1-15, 2021. Seven practising lawyers will be vying for the four Halifax District seats on Council.

The Halifax candidates are:

Angelina Amaral– Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office
D. Fraser MacFadyen – Stewart McKelvey
Morgan Manzer – NS Legal Aid
Josie McKinney – Public Prosecution Service
Melanie Petrunia– Nijhawan McMillan Petrunia
Mark Rieksts – Department of Justice, NS
Terry Sheppard – Boyne Clarke LLP

Voting is conducted online and starts on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 8:00 AM and closes Monday, March 15, 2021 at 4:00 PM.

Additional details about the electronic voting procedure, candidate biographies, and election platforms will soon be posted to our website under 2021 Council Election.

District Acclamations

The following nominees are acclaimed as Council members for the 2021-2023 term:

Central

Bronwyn Duffy, Stellarton – MacIsaac, Clarke & Duffy
J. Patrick Young, Pictou – Public Prosecution Service

Southwestern

David Hirtle, Lunenburg – Hirtle Legal Services Inc.
Jamie Vacon, Yarmouth – NS Legal Aid

Cape Breton

Shannon Mason, Sydney – NS Legal Aid

There is a vacancy in the Cape Breton District. This vacancy will be filled by a process to be determined by Council, once the At-Large elections are complete in April.

Questions about the Election? Please connect with us email at elections@nsbs.org or call 902-377-6344. Your message will be returned within two business days.