OTTAWA:During a ceremony in Port Hawkesbury on September 5, Cindy Murray received her robes as a judge of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court – Family Division. She was appointed to the bench on July 18.
Madam Justice Cindy Murray was born and raised in Antigonish. She received an Honours B.A. in sociology from St. Francis Xavier University, followed by an LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick. Justice Murray articled with LeBlanc MacDonald Pickup in Port Hawkesbury, and became a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in 1992. She joined Nova Scotia Legal Aid in 1993 and, from that day forward, worked consistently to serve the diverse needs of her community and to advocate for justice.
Justice Murray practised with Legal Aid for nearly her entire career as a lawyer, with the exception of two years when she served as District Court Administrator for the Antigonish and Port Hawkesbury Justice Centres.
In November 2009, she became managing lawyer of the Antigonish and Port Hawkesbury Legal Aid offices. Her practice included family, criminal, and social justice law, with a strong focus on family law after 2009.
As managing lawyer and senior staff counsel with Nova Scotia Legal Aid, Justice Murray demonstrated leadership through her involvement in continuing legal education and her commitment to providing outreach to the communities served by her office – in particular, to Nova Scotia’s First Nations communities. Throughout her career, Justice Murray has served on a number of in-house committees for Nova Scotia Legal Aid and has mentored junior lawyers with Legal Aid.
The proud mother of three children, Justice Murray has been deeply involved in youth activities and education. In particular, she served as secretary of the School Advisory Council for St. Andrew Junior School and completed two terms as chairperson of the Antigonish Education Centre School Advisory Council.
Christa Brothers, a partner at Stewart McKelvey, was also appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax. She replaced Justice A.W.D. Pickup, who resigned effective September 30, 2016.