Nova Scotia achieves gender parity on provincial and family court

A new provincial and family court judge Friday means Nova Scotia has reached gender parity.

Ann Marie Simmons, chief federal prosecutor with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, has practiced law for 31 years.

She has led many complex criminal prosecutions, including money laundering, historic sexual assault, and homicide cases.

Simmons was also a member of the organized crime and proceeds of crime team.

Eighteen of the province's 35 full-time provincial and family court judges are now women.