Cynthia Chewter



Phone: 902-494-1029
Mailing Address: 
Room 418, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue, PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Advocacy
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights
  • Judicial Independence
  • Mooting


  • BA (Toronto)
  • BA (McMaster)
  • LLB (Dalhousie)

Bar admissions

  • Nova Scotia, 1996


Professor Chewter practiced law for six years, primarily in the areas of family law, criminal law, civil litigation, human rights, and ADR. In 2002, she was appointed a Presiding Justice of the Peace with the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia. Her judicial work also includes appointments as an adjudicator with the Small Claims Court of Nova Scotia (2003–2004) and as a Board of Inquiry under the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act (2003–2015).

She was a Professional Development Instructor with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society for 10 years and taught part-time at the Schulich School of Law for nine years prior to joining the faculty full-time in 2015. She was nominated for the Law Student Society and Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013–2014 and 2016–2017.


Research interests

Professor Chewter’s research interests include legal responses to domestic violence in family law, search warrants, trial and appellate advocacy and the independence of the judiciary.

Selected publications

  • Cynthia Chewter, Nova Scotia Civil Procedure Rules Training Materials (2008) [unpublished, archived at the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Library].
  • Canada, Department of Justice Canada, Best Practices for Representing Clients in Family Violence Cases (Ottawa: Minister of Justice, 2005).
  • Cynthia Chewter, “Violence Against Women and Children: Some Legal Issues” (2003) 20 Can J Fam L 99.

Service & activity

  • 2008–present: Faculty Member, Moot Committee, Schulich School of Law
  • 2009–present: Director and Secretary, Nova Scotia Presiding Justices of the Peace Association
  • 2009–2016: Member, Research Ethics Board, Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • 2014–2015: Career Development Advisor, Schulich School of Law
  • 2013: Acting Assistant Dean, Student Services, Schulich School of Law (fall term)