OTTAWA, February 10, 2010 - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment:

The Honourable David P.S. Farrar, a Judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Yarmouth, is appointed to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in Halifax to replace Madam Justice E.A. Roscoe, who resigned effective February 1, 2010.

Mr. Justice Farrar was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on September 9, 2009. He received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University in 1982 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick in 1986 as well as several academic awards, including Lord Beaverbrook Scholar from 1983 to 1986. He was called to the Bar of Nova Scotia in 1987. Mr. Justice Farrar joined Stewart McKelvey Scales in Halifax in 1987. His main areas of practice were civil litigation, including occupational health and safety, worker's compensation, construction, financial services, government and regulated industries, insurance, intellectual property and labour and employment law.

Mr. Justice Farrar was a member of the Canadian Bar Association and Nova Scotia Barristers' Society and was Chair of the CBA Construction Law Section from 1998 to 2008. He was a frequent speaker at various conferences and part-time lecturer at Dalhousie Law School from 1989 to 2007. He was active in various community organizations, including St. Thomas University Alumni Association, Board of Governors and various sub-committees.

This appointment is effective immediately.