Nova Scotia Supreme Court

Posted at 9:17 am on July 19, 2017

The managing lawyer for the Antigonish Legal Aid office, Cindy Murray, is headed to the bench. Justice Minister and Attorney-General Judy Wilson-Raybould has

Cindy Murray

announced Murray will become a judge in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax.  Murray, an Antigonish native, and a graduate of St. FX and the UNB law school, has been with legal aid since 1993.

Murray replaces Justice John Murphy, who became a supernumerary judge last year.  Other appointments include lawyer Christa Brothers, a partner in the Stewart McKelvey law firm, who also becomes a Supreme Court Justice in Halifax.   Anne Derrick a Provincial and Family Courts judge, becomes a justice in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.

Posted at 1:35 pm on January 16, 2017

 The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has upheld the results of a vote during last October’s municipal election in Pictou County Council’s District 9.  It was a tight result, with Peter Boyles winning by just one vote over second place finisher James Davidson.
At issue in this case was a ballot box that was temporarily removed from the polling station during regular voting hours.  A local resident came to the polling station and asked whether the ballot box could be taken to an older couple who were unable to come and vote.  The couple lived a short distance away from the polling station. The ballot box was removed from the polling station for about 10 minutes by a polling clerk and deputy returning officer, long enough for the couple to vote and insert their completed ballots in the ballot box.
In a written decision, Supreme Court Justice Nick Scaravelli noted that while removing the ballot box violated a section of the Municipal Elections Act, it remained within the care and control of polling officials.  He added the action did not result in a substantial breach of the act.