Acting/Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Department of Justice

Tilly Pillay QC

Ms. Pillay was appointed Acting Deputy Minister of Justice on May 1, 2015. She also currently holds the position of Executive Director of the Legal Services Division at the provincial Department of Justice.

Ms. Pillay joined the Nova Scotia Department of Justice in 1995, to become the solicitor for the Maintenance Enforcement Program. She has held varying positions as a solicitor and as a litigator during her mays years at Justice and was appointed Director of Litigation Services in 2010. She was appointed Executive Director of Legal Services in 2013. She has also taken extensive management and leadership training. She has been sitting on the Department’s Senior Management Committee for some years now and has gotten to know a lot of departmental staff in her many roles.

After completing her undergraduate education at Dalhousie University, she earned two Master of Arts degrees from Cambridge University and the University of Toronto, then completed her LLB at Dalhousie Law School in 1989. Upon her call to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1990, she worked for five years as a staff lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid.

Ms. Pillay is also currently concluding her term as president of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society, which began in June 2014 and will conclude in June 2015. Elected to Council as Second Vice-President in April 2012, Tilly previously served as a member of Council from 2007 to 2009. She serves on the Executive Committee and is appointed to the Judicial Council. She has also served on many, many Society committees throughout the years, including as Chair of the Gender Equity Committee and Professional Standards (Family) Committee, and as a member of the Complaints Investigation Committee.

Ms. Pillay has been involved in a number of community organizations, where she was a past member of the Board of Directors of Bryony House, a volunteer with the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association, and a member of the Board of Directors for LISNS. She has also volunteered as an English language teacher with Saint Mary’s University to assist foreign students. She has authored numerous papers for presentation at CLE conferences and published a Handbook for Lawyers relating to the Maintenance Enforcement Program.

When not at work and not engaged in volunteer activities, Ms. Pillay spends as much time as she can with her family (husband and two boys). Having emigrated from South Africa at a young age, and now living in Halifax far away from her relatives, connection to family is very important to her.