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 
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 the Court dismissed the Society's appeal on July 26, 2016. In August of that year, the Society decided it would not apply for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, but confirmed its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession through its strategic priorities for 2016 to 2019

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