News release

Attorney General Announces Judicial Appointments

Attorney General and Justice Minister Ross Landry has announced the appointment of two new judges to the family and provincial courts.

Warren Zimmer and Raymond Morse were appointed today, April 12.

"The family and provincial courts are essential to our justice system," said Mr. Landry. "We are fortunate to have two very qualified and dedicated individuals to fill an important role in our justice system."

Mr. Zimmer was called to the bar in 1978 and has a private practice, specializing in criminal and related matters.

Mr. Morse was called to the bar in 1978 and appointed Queen's Council in 1999. He is a partner with Patterson Law in the Truro office.

They were recommended by the Advisory Committee on Provincial Judicial Appointments. Committee members include two members of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, judges of the provincial and family courts, one who may be a chief judge, and four members appointed by the Minister of Justice. The committee recommendations are based on criteria in the Guidelines for Provincial Judicial Appointments.

The provincial court has jurisdiction over summary offences under provincial statutes and federal acts and regulations.

The family court provides a forum to hear family issues, including maintenance, custody and access, family violence between spouses or between parent and child, and child protection matters.

For more information on Nova Scotia courts, go to www.courts.ns.ca.

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Nova Scotia's newest provincial and family court judges are Warren Zimmer of Halifax and Raymond Morse of Truro.

Attorney General and Justice Minister Ross Landry announced the appointments today (April 12th).

An independent committee recommended both, using provincial guidelines.

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