Attorney General and Justice Minister Ross Landry has announced the appointment of two new associate chief judges to the family and provincial courts today, April 27. Judge James Wilson was appointed Associate Chief Judge of the Family Court and Judge Pamela Williams was appointed Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court. “I am pleased Judge Wilson and Judge Williams have agreed to take on these new responsibilities,” said Mr. Landry. “With such extensive experience in our court system, they will continue to serve Nova Scotians, and our justice system, well.” Judge Wilson was called to the Bar in 1972 and appointed a Judge of the Family Court in 1988 and Provincial Court in 1989. Judge Williams was called to the Bar in 1985 and appointed a Judge of the Provincial and Family court in 2003. Judge Wilson and Judge Williams were selected from a list of candidates put forth by the Family and Provincial Court recruitment committee. The committee is chaired by the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, and consists of the Chief Judge of the Family and Provincial Court, a person without a law degree designated by the minister from among past or present members of the Advisory Committee on Provincial Judicial Appointments, and the president of the Provincial Judges’ Association. The committee recommendations are based on established qualification criteria. The provincial court has jurisdiction over summary offences under provincial statutes and federal acts and regulations. The family court provides a forum to hear family issues, including maintenance, custody and access, and child protection matters. For more information on Nova Scotia courts, go to www.courts.ns.ca .
The StandUp4SEALs Beach Challenge will mark its third year in Ocean City on May 23 with a new name and a broader beneficiary base.A standup paddleboard race is open to individuals or relay teams.The event is now known as the Memorial Beach Challenge and will benefit not just the families of Navy SEALS killed in service but the families of fallen heroes in all branches of the military, according to an event c0-founder, Mike Vaules.Registration is open for the Challenge’s three events: a stand-up paddleboard race, a beach obstacle course race and a fun run for kids.Register and get more information at memorialbeachchallenge.com.In its first two years, the event became a popular part of Ocean City’s Memorial Day Weekend calendar with more than 600 competing in the combined events in each year.Kids climb makeshift sand mounds as part of the fun run in the Memorial Beach Challenge.The Challenge provides a spectacle for visitors watching obstacle-course competitors run through a water-filled pit sprayed by a fire hose, crawl under the Ocean City Music Pier, carry sand-filled sacks, perform calisthenics, traverse balance beams, and climb walls.The stand-up paddleboard race includes a box course that starts and finishes on the beach and takes racers through the surf.This year’s event is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 23, on the beaches surrounding the Ocean City Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. The bulk of the course will be between Fifth and 14th streets.The Memorial Beach Challenge benefits the Navy SEAL Foundation, the 31 Heroes Project (named for the SEALS killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011) and the Travis Manion Foundation. Manion was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and a Marine from Doylestown, Pa., who was killed in action in Iraq on April 29, 2007. One of the obstacles in the annual Beach Challenge is a water-filled pit.