Sarah M. White

Legal Assistant: Cassandra Norman

Sarah is an experienced criminal defence lawyer who has appeared at every level of court in Nova Scotia.

She represents clients charged with offences under the Criminal Code of Canada, for example assaults, sexual offences, property offences, weapons and firearms offences, administrative offences, as well as more serious violent crimes such as murder.  She also represents client’s charges with drug offences under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, as well as those charged under the Cannabis Act.  In addition, Sarah represents business charged with regulatory offences as well as people charged under the Motor Vehicle Act. She advises and represents victims and witnesses with respect to their rights and privacy interests within a criminal litigation context. She also represents clients with respect to bail and show cause hearings.

More recently Sarah has been litigating issues surrounding access to medicinal cannabis as well as the fall out which has resulted from those who have been charged criminally as employees of unregulated cannabis dispensaries.

A large portion of Sarah’s practice focuses on helping people who come into contact with the criminal justice system who are dealing with issues such as mental illness, addictions, poverty, homelessness who come before the Court system as a result of Criminal Charges. Sarah has a keen interest in people and providing a safe place for clients as they navigate the justice system.

Sarah serves on the national board of directors for the Smart Justice Network which addresses criminal justice issues by focusing on the connection between crime and mental health, addiction, employment, education, housing and social inclusion.

Qualifications
  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 2014 
  • J.D. (Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law, 2012) 
  • B.A. (Bishop`s University) 
Experience
  • All levels of courts in Nova Scotia including the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court, Provincial Court and Small Claims.
  • Experience dealing with matters that fall under the Canadian Criminal Code, Controlled Drug and Substances Act, Employment Insurance and Income Assistance Act, Landlord and Tenancy Act and has also appeared before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. 
Activities & Affiliations
  • Nova Scotia Barristers` Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • National Board of Directors, Smart Justice Network
Qualifications
  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 2014
  • J.D. (Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law, 2012)  
  • B.A. (Bishop`s University) 
Experience
  • All levels of courts in Nova Scotia including the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court, Provincial Court and Small Claims.
  • Experience dealing with matters that fall under the Canadian Criminal Code, Controlled Drug and Substances Act, Employment Insurance and Income Assistance Act, Landlord and Tenancy Act and has also appeared before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. 
Activities & Affiliations
  • Nova Scotia Barristers` Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • National Board of Directors, Smart Justice Network
Publications & Presentations

Patterson Law Criminal Law Blog