A Nova Scotia provincial court judge has launched a $5 million lawsuit against Chief Judge Pamela Williams and the province of Nova Scotia.

Judge Rickcola Brinton has filed a lawsuit with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court for damages resulting from ‘violations of the principles of judicial independence and impartiality’ as well as ‘violations of her medical privacy’.

In September 2021 Williams sent an email, asking staff to divulge their vaccination status. Brinton refused, sharing concerns over medical privacy, and stating it was “a matter of conscience and a result of prayerful contemplation.” She offered regular testing as a suitable alternative; an offer that was flatly refused. It was then proposed that she could preside from home, with in-house cases picked up by other judges; no one agreed to support this option.

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