The Honourable Patrick J. Duncan was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in November 2007.
Since becoming a judge, he has taught criminal law to newly appointed judges and presented on issues including privacy, evidence, disclosure, and criminal jury trials. He serves on numerous committees aimed at improving the courts and the administration of justice in Nova Scotia.
Before his appointment to the bench, Justice Duncan was a partner in the firm of Beveridge, MacPherson & Duncan, with a wide-ranging practice that included administrative law, criminal defence, civil litigation, and public inquiries. Prior to entering private practice, Justice Duncan spent seven years with Nova Scotia Legal Aid. He contributed to the work of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and other legal organizations and presented extensively in areas related to criminal justice, policing, and professional discipline.