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Two judges promoted in Nova Scotia

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 3:01 PM | By John Chunn


The federal Department of Justice on June 24 announced the following judicial appointments for the province of Nova Scotia:

Carole A. Beaton, a judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, is appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal. Justice Beaton replaces Justice Joel Fichaud, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Oct. 31, 2018.

Samuel Moreau, a judge of the provincial court of Nova Scotia, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court (Family Division). Justice Moreau replaces Justice Beryl A. MacDonald, who retired effective Nov. 30, 2018.

Justice Beaton was raised in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., and she graduated from St. Francis Xavier University (BA) and the University of New Brunswick (LL.B.). Admitted to the bar in 1988, she practised as an associate at Creighton and Shatford (now Creighton Shatford Hirbour) in Amherst, N.S. In 1994, Justice Beaton was a founding partner of the Amherst firm Beaton Blaikie, where she practised primarily criminal and family law and represented several municipal institutions. She also sat as taxing master and a regional assessment Appeal Court adjudicator.

Justice Beaton served on various professional and community committees and boards. She also sat on Bar Council of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society and the executive of the Canadian Bar Association (NS Branch). In 2001, she was a recipient of the biannual Francis Fish Award honouring women lawyers who have achieved excellence in their profession and the community.

Justice Beaton was sworn in as a provincial court judge in 2003. She heard primarily criminal matters and chaired the Court’s Education Committee. She sat on the Atlantic Education Committee and, in 2010, was named co-chair of the National Education Committee of the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges.

In 2011, Justice Beaton was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, assigned to sit in the Family Division in Halifax. She has participated on various court committees and belonged to several professional organizations. She has been actively involved in the development of judicial education programs and in mentoring the court’s newly appointed judges.

Justice Moreau was appointed to the family court for the province of Nova Scotia in March 2017. After graduating from St. Francis Xavier University, he studied law at Dalhousie University, where he received an LL.B in 1996. He articled with Nova Scotia Legal Aid (Halifax) and was called to the Nova Scotia bar in 1998. He practised with Nova Scotia Legal Aid in the areas of family law and criminal law.

Justice Moreau was an assistant coach with the St. Francis Xavier University varsity football team for 15 years. In 2002, he was named Atlantic University Sport Volunteer Coach of the year.