Judge Amy Sakalauskas was appointed to the Nova Scotia Provincial Court (criminal trial court) in 2017 and sits in Halifax, NS, Canada. Judge Sakalauskas presides over a criminal trial court and in addition, she is the assigned judge for the Metro Domestic Violence Court Program. Judge Sakalauskas practiced primarily family law before being appointed to the Bench, both in private practice and in government. A graduate of Acadia University and the University of New Brunswick, she received various awards for academic achievement and community involvement over the years. Highlights include being named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine in 2014, and in 2017 receiving the Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia Branch) Distinguished Service Award. While in practice, she was a national Chair of the Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Forum of the Canadian Bar Association and remains active in the CBA as a judge. In addition to various professional and volunteer pursuits, Judge Sakalauskas is a dedicated member of the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges, serving on the Education Committee and the Membership Committee.
Intimate Partner Violence in the LGBTQ+ Community: Perspectives from the Bench