The building that houses the Family Division of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia was once Richmond School, built in 1921 to replace the original school that had been destroyed in the Halifax Explosion of 1917.
The supreme court in Halifax, established in 1754, is the oldest in Canada and among the oldest in North America. The Family Division of the Supreme Court was established in Nova Scotia to deal with all family law matters arising within Halifax and Cape Breton.
There are a number of services offered by the Family Division Courthouse. Some services are intended to give families an opportunity to resolve disputes outside of the court process, while other services are intended to reduce the difficulties and tension that families experience when going through separation, or other family conflicts.