March 24, 2015 3:59 am

N.S. Barristers Society appealing Trinity Western decision

A concept drawing of Trinity Western University's proposed law school.

A concept drawing of Trinity Western University's proposed law school.

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HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s law society is appealing a court ruling that stops it from blocking accreditation to graduates from a Christian university due to the school’s policy of prohibiting sexual intimacy outside heterosexual marriage.

The province’s Supreme Court judge ruled recently the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society doesn’t have the power to require a proposed law school at Trinity Western University to change its religiously based code of conduct.

The society says in a news release it will appeal to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal because it has a mandate to protect the public.

It says if left unchallenged, Judge James Campbell’s ruling could restrict the scope of the society’s authority to protect the public interest in regulating the legal profession.

The society also says it may also prohibit the society from continuing to take on a wider role in the promotion of equality in all aspects of its work.

Trinity Western says in a news release that Campbell decided the case correctly, comprehensively and with clarity and it expects that the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal will arrive at the same decision.

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