Department of Justice Court Services

Court Services

The Court Services Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice is dedicated to excellent service and the provision of fair and accessible administration of justice.

The Division provides administrative support to the courts listed below:

  • Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
  • Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (including Family Division)
  • Provincial Court
  • Family Court
  • Small Claims Court
  • Probate Court
  • Bankruptcy Court

The courts act independently from the government to address individual cases. Find additional information about Nova Scotia courts on the Courts of Nova Scotia website.

Judicial Appointments

The Government of Nova Scotia has established Provincial Judicial Appointments Guidelines to require at least 10 years of legal experience. This will ensure that appointments are based on merit while also opening the process to a more diverse pool of candidates:

Applications should be submitted to:

Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee
1690 Hollis Street, 7th floor (B3J 3J9)
P.O. Box 7
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L6
Telephone: (902)424-4223
Fax: (902)424-0510

Other Divisional Responsibilities

In addition, the Division is responsible for: