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Two new judges appointed to Nova Scotia Supreme Court

Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 10:42 AM | By Paula Kulig

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has appointed Cindy Murray and Christa Brothers to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

Justice Murray replaces Justice John D. Murphy, who elected supernumerary status on March 1, 2016. She will preside in the Supreme Court’s family division. Justice Brothers replaces Justice Arthur Pickup, who retired from the bench on Sept. 30, 2016. The appointments are effective immediately and the judges will be sworn in later this summer.

"These are incredibly talented, driven and fair individuals who will be an asset to the Supreme Court,” Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy said in a news release. “I look forward to working with them both and I wish them all the best with this new stage of their careers."

At the time of her appointment, Justice Murray was managing lawyer at the Antigonish office of Nova Scotia Legal Aid. Her practice included family, criminal and social justice law, with a strong focus on family law after 2009. She received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from St. Francis Xavier University, followed by a law degree from the University of New Brunswick and was admitted to the Nova Scotia bar in 1992. A year later, she joined Nova Scotia Legal Aid.

Justice Brothers, a partner at Stewart McKelvey in Halifax, joined the firm in 1999 after receiving her law degree from Dalhousie University law school in 1996 and then clerking at the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. Her practice focused on insurance defence, commercial and construction litigation, and administrative law. She was a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, including serving as chair of the complaints and investigation committee. She was also on the board of the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia.