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Justice Canada counsel appointed to Nova Scotia Supreme Court

Thursday, September 06, 2018 @ 11:48 AM | By John Chunn

John Bodurtha, director and senior counsel with the Department of Justice Canada, has been appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax.

He replaces Justice G.G. McDougall, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective May 14, 2018.

Justice Bodurtha was born and raised in Halifax. He received his law degree from Dalhousie University and was admitted to the Nova Scotia bar in 1996.

He spent a year with Nova Scotia Legal Aid before joining the tax law services section in the Atlantic Regional Office of Justice Canada as a tax litigator in 1997. He has appeared before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court, and the Federal Court of Appeal. Until his appointment, he was director of the Tax Law Services section in the Atlantic Regional Office. He was a member of various committees within the office and national departmental committees.

Justice Bodurtha was an active member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. He was elected to council in 2015 for the Halifax District and, after going through a selection process, was appointed second vice-president in 2017. Upon his appointment, he was first vice-president of the society.

At the society, he served on various committees, including the executive, finance, governance and nominating, and complaints investigation committees. He served as co-chair of the racial equity committee and was the society’s representative on the advisory committee on provincial judicial appointments.

Justice Bodurtha’s volunteer activities include being a long-standing member of the board of directors for Dalhousie Legal Aid, a board member for Halifax City Soccer Club, and a past member of the board of directors for Phoenix House (a Halifax-based charitable organization focusing on at-risk youth).