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Ottawa appoints two judges to N.S. Supreme Court

Monday, December 03, 2018 @ 12:52 PM | By John Chunn

On Nov. 30, the Department of Justice announced the following two judicial appointments for the province of Nova Scotia:

Scott Norton, a partner at Stewart McKelvey, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Pictou. He replaces Justice N.M. Scaravelli, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Dec. 16, 2016.

Darlene Jamieson, managing partner of Merrick Jamieson Sterns Washington & Mahody, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax. She replaces Justice Kevin Coady, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Nov. 5, 2018.

Justice Norton was born in Montreal and lived throughout eastern Canada through his grade school years. After attending business school at Saint Mary’s University and graduating from Dalhousie Law School with an LL.B. in 1983, he articled with McInnes Cooper. Justice Norton was called to the bar of Nova Scotia in 1984, and has been a partner with the firm of Stewart McKelvey for the last 17 years.

Justice Norton’s practice focused on civil litigation. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in personal injury, insurance law, product liability and class actions. He has appeared at all levels of court in Nova Scotia, in superior courts elsewhere in Canada and on appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada on three occasions. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002 and was inducted as a fellow of the International Society of Barristers in 2014. During his legal career, he held council positions and chaired various committees of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and at the Nova Scotia Branch and national levels of the Canadian Bar Association.

Justice Norton has been extensively involved in the community throughout his career, most recently as chair of Autism Nova Scotia; trustee of the IWK Health Centre Foundation; vice-chair of Saint Mary’s University; and chair of Churchill Academy (a school for children with learning challenges). He was also the founding trustee of the Sidney Crosby Foundation.

Justice Norton lives in Bedford, N.S., with his wife Audrey and their son.

Following her graduation from Saint Mary’s University with a B.A. (summa cum laude) in 1985 and the Schulich School of Law in 1988, Justice Jamieson was admitted to the Nova Scotia bar in 1989. She began her practice with Wickwire Holm and later formed the boutique firm Merrick, Jamieson, Sterns, Washington & Mahody with several colleagues in 1998.

Justice Jamieson has appeared before all levels of court in Nova Scotia and before the Supreme Court of Canada. Her practice focused on commercial and construction litigation, insurance defence, product liability and employment law. In 2006, she was appointed Queen’s Counsel, and in 2018, she was named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Until her appointment, Justice Jamieson was president of the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia. She chaired an initiative to create the Justice and Law Reform Institute, the first institute of its kind in Atlantic Canada, at the Schulich School of Law. Justice Jamieson has also volunteered actively in her community, serving on the boards of national and local organizations including Imagine Canada, Avalon Sexual Assault Centre and the National Association of Women and the Law.

Justice Jamieson has received numerous awards for her commitment to community, equality and diversity, including the YWCA Women’s Recognition Award, the Dress for Success Women of Distinction Award and the Elizabeth Fry Rebel With a Cause Award. In 2007, Justice Jamieson received the Frances Fish Women Lawyers’ Achievement Award, recognizing her dedication to the advancement of women in and through the legal profession.

Justice Jamieson is an avid reader and golfer. She enjoys travelling and spending time with her spouse, Allan, at their cottage on the Northumberland Strait.