Nova Scotia Divorce Records

The Courts of Nova Scotia

The Halifax County Courthouse on
Spring Garden Road in Halifax - Circa 1870
Courtesy of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia

State Funded Counsel Applications
(Rowbotham Applications)

A Rowbotham application is named after the Ontario Court of Appeal decision in R v. Rowbotham, [1988] OJ No 271, 41 CCC (3d) 1 (ONCA). It means you have a constitutional right to have a lawyer if it is necessary for fairness of trial.


On November 22, 2007, Howard Hyde died while in custody. His mental disorder had contributed to an incident which brought him into conflict with the law. He suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

On December 8, 2010, after a lengthy inquiry, Provincial Court Judge Anne Derrick submitted her report into Mr. Hyde’s death. It includes a series of recommendations regarding: mental health services and supports, supports within the criminal justice system, collaboration, training, and the use of force.


Are you considering representing yourself in Provincial Court?
Here is some useful information:

General Information

The Provincial Court is a court of record and is open to the public.

Its authority is statutory and its judges are empowered to carry out judicial acts under a number of statutes. The Provincial Court deals mainly, although not exclusively, with criminal and quasi-criminal charges, over which it has broad jurisdiction. Almost all persons charged with an offence, whether federal, provincial or municipal, must appear in Provincial Court, and most charges are tried there. More than than 95% of the proceedings which commence in Provincial Court remain there to completion.

Judges of the Court have jurisdiction throughout the province. They also preside over inquiries under the Fatality Investigations Act and conduct recounts under the Municipal Elections Act.
Click here for a list of and more information about PROVINCIAL COURT JUDGES >

The Youth Justice Court also falls under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Court. And the Court offers a Mental Health Court Program and a Domestic Violence Court Program.

Appearing In Provincial Court Via Video Link

Enhancing the use of video appearances in the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia is one several initiatives of the Criminal Justice Transformation Group (CJTG). The CJTG is an action group which is transforming the Province’s criminal justice system. Its mandate is to “work collaboratively, in an effective and efficient manner, to ensure the criminal justice system in Nova Scotia is strategic in bringing forth positive change”.

Together, Judiciary and justice system stakeholders have designed a process to increase the use of video appearances, (by persons in custody, witnesses, and counsel) where appropriate. It is being piloted at the Halifax Provincial Court as of April 1, 2015. Other Court locations are also being encouraged to initiate similar procedures based on the related Practice Directive, Appearance Forms, and Flow Charts. >

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