Two judicial appointments announced

Two appointments have been made to the Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Courts by the Honourable Diana Whalen, Attorney General and Justice Minister.

The Hon. Judge S. Raymond Morse has been appointed as Associate Chief Judge of the Nova Scotia Family Court for a five-year term and the Hon. E. Ann Marie MacInnes has been appointed as a Judge of the Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Courts.

"The Honourable Judge Morse has demonstrated he has the experience and skill to fill this important role in our justice system," said Minister Whalen in her November 10 announcement. "The Honourable Judge MacInnes is highly respected by her peers and brings extensive experience in legal aid, which gives me great confidence she will serve Nova Scotians well."

Associate Chief Judge Morse has presided in the Nova Scotia Family and Provincial Courts since 2011, and will continue to preside in the Family Court in Amherst and Truro during his tenure as Associate Chief. He came to the Bench after 33 years in private practice from the law firm of Patterson Law in Truro, where he was a Partner. For more details about his recent appointment, see this notice on the Courts of Nova Scotia website. 

Judge MacInnes has worked with Nova Scotia Legal Aid and the Public Prosecution Service and has served as President of the Cape Breton Barristers' Society. She was called to the Bar in Nova Scotia in 1991. She served on a number of Nova Scotia Barristers' Society committees including the Criminal Law Practice Standards Committee, Complaints Investigation Committee, Racial Equity Committee, Gender Equity Committee, Provincial Court Liaison Committee and others. Her extensive community work has included serving as a volunteer for many charities and organizations including United Way of Cape Breton, the Youth Homeless Shelter, the Cape Breton Family Place Resource Centre, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Cape Breton, the John Howard Society, St. Joseph's Church Parish Council, the Boy Scouts of Canada, Loaves and Fishes, and the Canadian Cancer Society.
A robing ceremony will be held for Judge MacInnes at the courthouse in Sydney (136 Charlotte St.) on Friday, December 18 at 12:00 noon. The public is invited. For more details about her appointment, see this notice on the Courts of Nova Scotia website. 

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