Commissioner Kelly J. Serbu


Kelly Serbu is partner at Serbu McGuigan, Barristers and Solicitors, located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Mr. Serbu is a proud member of his Métis community. He is also visually impaired as a result of Stargardt's disease.

Mr. Serbu’s preferred areas of practice as a lawyer are criminal law and personal injury/civil litigation law. He has argued many constitutional cases involving violations of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He has appeared at all levels of court including the Provincial Court, Supreme Court and Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. He has also presented cases before a variety boards and tribunals throughout New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Since 2008, Mr. Serbu has been an Adjudicator with the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat.  As such, he is responsible for conducting hearings and rendering decisions on compensation for survivors of the Indian Residential Schools. This incredible work has taken Mr. Serbu all over Canada where he has heard hundreds of these compensation hearings.

Mr. Serbu is a member the Nova Scotia Barristers Society, the Canadian Bar Association, the Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers Association, the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals, the International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (American).

Throughout his legal career Mr. Serbu has been a presenter at numerous continuing legal education conferences and seminars, providing information to lawyers and non-lawyers. 

Mr. Serbu is also a dedicated member of his community in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, where he has coached youth hockey and soccer.

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