News release

Crown Attorney Receives John Dunlop Award

Senior Crown attorney Patrick Young is the first-ever prosecutor to receive the Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association’s John Dunlop Memorial Award.

The honour is given annually after a nominations process for outstanding contributions to the Nova Scotia justice system and the community.

Mr. Young joined the Pictou office of the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service in 2010. A 2005 graduate of the University of New Brunswick Law School, he began his career in Prince Edward Island and then joined the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service.

Mr. Young is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Council and sits on several of its committees. He was president of the Pictou County Barristers’ Society from 2016 to 2020 and secretary-treasurer from 2011 to 2016.

He is the co-chair of the Public Prosecution Service education committee, a member of its sexual assault working group and a peer mentor. Mr. Young is a moot court judge for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and a community volunteer with A. G. Bailey Elementary School and minor baseball.

Over the past 15 years, Mr. Young has presented to both Crown Attorneys and police on a wide variety of criminal law topics.


I am honoured to be this year’s recipient of this prestigious award. John Dunlop was an inspirational member of the Nova Scotia criminal justice system and an example of how we can all give back to the community. Patrick Young, senior Crown attorney, Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service

Quick Facts:

  • the John Dunlop Memorial Award is presented to a member of the Nova Scotia criminal justice system who has worked over and above the duties of his or her job description and has been involved in community activities with particular emphasis on youth
  • John Dunlop was a regional supervisor with Nova Scotia Correctional Services who died in 1977 at the age of 42; he is remembered for his active interest and dedication to young people, community programs and sports
  • the award – the oldest justice award in Canada – was founded in 1978 and has honoured 44 Nova Scotia criminal justice participants since then


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