New Brunswick Courts

We offer information about New Brunswick’s court system. It is not intended to represent the opinion of the Judiciary, and does not purport to be, nor should it be relied upon, as legal advice. The information and data on this site is subject to change without notice and anyone consulting this site is responsible for ensuring the accuracy or completeness of its informational content.


Since the beginning of the pandemic in our country, the three branches of government (judicial, legislative and executive) in New Brunswick have attempted to coordinate their efforts in enforcing public health measures in courthouses to address the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

New Brunswick courts had to adapt their operations to the pandemic context. The measures they adopted in March 2020 were later amended in response to changes in government policy. As a result, the Court of Appeal, the Court of King’s Bench and the Provincial Court have adopted respective directives to continue to limit the spread of the coronavirus and its variants and to protect the health of participants in the justice system, court employees, and other members of the public, while maintaining access to justice.

We urge anyone who plans to attend a court proceeding to read the information on that court’s home page and to carefully follow the instructions.

Best wishes to everyone.

J.C. Marc Richard, Chief Justice of New Brunswick
Tracey K. Deware, Chief Justice of the Court of King’s Bench
Marco R. Cloutier, Chief Judge of the Provincial Court

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal of New Brunswick
is the highest court in the Province.

It is the last avenue of appeal, except in a few cases where a further appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada is possible.


Court of
King's Bench

The Court of King’s Bench hears all matters within the domain of family law.

Probate Court

The Probate Court deals with matters involving wills and estates of deceased persons.

Provincial Court

This court is the entry point for all persons charged with offences under the Criminal Code or other federal or provincial legislation.