Tim Daley is Nova Scotia’s newest provincial and family court judge.
“I am pleased to appoint Mr. Daley to the bench,” said Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Attorney General and Justice Minister Lena Diab.
Mr. Daley, of New Glasgow, was called to the bar in 1992 and received his Queen’s Counsel appointment in 2011.
He has been the sole practitioner with Goodman MacDonald Law, which recently merged with Patterson Law and focused primarily in family law. He also practiced in the areas of criminal defence and civil litigation. Mr. Daley is the past president of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society and served as the society’s special advisor on mental health awareness. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Nova Scotia Mental Health Foundation.
“Mr. Daley has greatly contributed to the practice of law in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Furey. “His experience as an active member of our community will also bring a different perspective to the bench. I know he will make a strong judge.”
Judges are appointed to both the provincial and family courts to allow flexibility in dealing with court workloads.
They are selected from a list of candidates put forth by the Committee on Provincial Judicial Appointments. The committee includes two members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, judges of the provincial and family courts, and four members appointed by the Minister of Justice. The committee recommendations are based on criteria in the Guidelines for Provincial Judicial Appointments.
The provincial court presides over almost all indictable offence charges under the Criminal Code, a charge of murder by an adult accused being the main exception, and has exclusive jurisdiction over all summary offence charges under provincial and federal statutes and regulations.
The family court provides a forum to hear family issues, including maintenance, custody and access, and child protection matters.
For more information on Nova Scotia courts, visit www.courts.ns.ca .