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Chief Justice of Nova Scotia announces retirement

Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 12:55 PM | By Carolyn Gruske


Justice J. Michael MacDonald, the chief justice of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and the chief justice of Nova Scotia, has said he plans to retire as of Feb. 1, 2019.

Justice MacDonald has been a member of the Nova Scotia bar since 1979. He began his career at Boudreau, Beaton & LaFosse in Sydney before joining Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales (now Stewart McKelvey) in Halifax.

He was first named as a judge of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in 1995. Three years later, he was made associate chief justice. Then, in 2004, he was promoted to his current positions as chief justice of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and chief justice of Nova Scotia.

Throughout his career, he has been involved in legal organizations, including serving as president of the Cape Breton Barristers Society, and as a member of the Canadian Judicial Council for nearly 20 years. Currently, he is chairing its judicial conduct committee. For the past four years, he has worked on the province's Access to Justice Coordinating Committee.