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Two judges appointed to N.S. provincial and family court

Thursday, July 09, 2020 @ 11:48 AM | By John Chunn


The Nova Scotia Judiciary on July 9 announced the appointment of two judges to the provincial and family court, Perry Borden and Aleta C. Cromwell.

According to the judiciary’s press release Judge Borden’s appointment fills the vacancy created when Judge Brian Williston retired in December 2018, while Judge Cromwell takes over for Judge Michael Sherar, who elected to go to part-time status this past January.

“We are thrilled to welcome Judge Borden and Judge Cromwell to the court,” said Chief Judge Pamela Williams. “Being a judge is about more than just knowing and applying the law — it takes experience, compassion, patience and the ability to consider the views of others. I know both will embrace this new challenge with the same sense of fairness and commitment to public service that they have shown throughout their legal careers. This is great news for Nova Scotians.”

Judge Borden of Middle Sackville, N.S., graduated from the Schulich School of Law, in 2002. He was called to the bar on Nov. 7, 2003, and later received a Queen’s Counsel designation.

He started his legal career as an associate lawyer with McGinty McCleave in Halifax. In 2007, he joined the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service and rose to the level of senior Crown attorney by 2015, a position he held until his appointment to the bench.

As a lawyer, Judge Borden served as a member of the Barristers’ Society Racial Equity Committee (2009 to present) and has been the vice- president of the Nova Scotia Crown Attorneys’ Association since 2016.

Judge Cromwell of Shubenacadie East, N.S., graduated from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 1998. She was called to the Nova Scotia bar on Oct. 1, 1999, and later received a Queen’s Counsel designation.

She spent most of her career as a lawyer with the Legal Services Division of the Department of Justice. She worked for almost six years in Child Protection and Adult Protection and has provided legal advice and services for the departments of Environment, Labour and Advanced Education, and Natural Resources, as well as the Nova Scotia Workers’ Compensation Board and the Office of Immigration. She has also served as one of three team leads for family law teams with Legal Services.

As a lawyer, she has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Board for the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (2005-2011); the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Racial Equity Committee (2005-2011); and the province’s Employment Equity Committee (2009 to present). She also served two terms as an elected member of Council for the Barristers’ Society, representing the Halifax region.

With these appointments, there are now 32 full-time judges on the provincial and family court, including two Mi’kmaq judges and six who identify as Black or African Nova Scotian. More than half of the full-time bench is female. There are also nine per diem or part-time judges on the court. For more information on the courts and the Nova Scotia Judiciary, please click here.