Judge Perry F. Borden has been appointed as the new chief judge of the Nova Scotia provincial and family courts, marking a significant step in his legal career that has included a focus on some of the most critical areas of criminal law.
Appointed to the bench in 2020, Judge Borden has a strong background in law enforcement and prosecution. He previously served as a Crown attorney with the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service. During his tenure there, he specialized in areas such as cybercrime, child pornography, child-luring, and sexual assault offences, with five years dedicated to the special prosecutions service.
Attorney General and Justice Minister Brad Johns spoke highly of the new chief judge, stating, “An efficient, well-run court system is important to Nova Scotians, and the chief judge plays an important role. Judge Borden is an experienced and well-respected judge, and our province is fortunate to have someone with his experience assuming the chief judge role.”
Johns also expressed gratitude towards outgoing Chief Judge Pamela Williams for her contributions to the courts.
The process for selecting the chief judge is guided by a recruitment committee that includes notable legal figures. For Judge Borden’s appointment, the committee was chaired by Justice David P.S. Farrar of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and members included Judge Amy Sakalauskas, Judge Rosalind Michie, and layperson George Moody.
The Executive Council made the final appointment, basing it on the attorney general’s recommendation from a list of qualified candidates provided by the committee.
Judge Borden will begin his five-year term on Sunday, Aug. 27. Meanwhile, outgoing Chief Judge Williams will continue to serve on the bench.
The appointment of a chief judge for up to five years is a vital aspect of the judicial system in Nova Scotia, ensuring a well-run and efficient court system that serves the province’s legal needs. With Judge Borden’s wealth of experience in specialized areas of law, his leadership is anticipated to bring valuable insights and guidance to the provincial and family courts.