Christopher Manning, a private practice lawyer in Kentville, has been appointed as the newest provincial and family court judge. Mr. Manning has practised law for 33 years. He graduated from Dalhousie Law School and was called to the bar on Aug. 5, 1985. Mr. Manning spent his early career as a criminal defence lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid. He later joined a small firm, continuing his criminal defence work, before opening his own practice, Manning and Associates. He has also acted as a per diem Crown attorney since 1991. Mr. Manning is currently a mentor in the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Mentorship Program and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Hearing Committee. He is among one of the first participating lawyers of the province’s Free Independent Legal Advice program for survivors of sexual assault. His past community activities include coaching youth, men’s and women’s soccer in Halifax and the Annapolis Valley. He has volunteered extensively in his community, serving on boards of the John Howard Society, the Apple Tree Landing Children’s Centre in Canning, the Canning Area Parents for Real Employment for challenged youth and the IWK Health Centre. He is currently an advisor to the Canning Volunteer Fire Department. “Mr. Manning is an experienced and highly respected lawyer with deep roots in the community,” said Mark Furey, Attorney General and Minister of Justice. “Nova Scotians are fortunate to have someone of his talent and experience presiding over provincial and family court matters”. With the appointment of Mr. Manning, the provincial and family courts retain a full complement of 35 full-time sitting judges and eleven part-time judges, as well as gender parity on the bench. For more information on Nova Scotia courts, visit www.courts.ns.ca.