Joseph Phillip Kennedy

Joseph Phillip Kennedy is the Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. He has also held the position of Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia in June 1996 and has served as Associate Chief Judge since 1993.

A graduate of St. Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Judge Kennedy was called to the bar in 1969 after graduating from Dalhousie Law School. He practised privately from 1969 to 1978.

He was appointed on the recommendation of a recruitment committee, which considered applications from current Provincial Court judges. The committee consists of the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia (who chairs the committee), the Chief Judge of the Family Court, the outgoing Chief Judge of the Provincial Court, the president of the Provincial Judges'Association, and a lay person (without a law degree) designated by the Canadian Minister of Justice.


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