Schools for the Deaf

Martell & Perrier v. Attorney General of Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Supreme Court File: Hfx No. 447198

Wagners Law Firm is investigating claims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse which allegedly occurred at the Nova Scotia School for the Deaf (Halifax, NS) and at the Interprovincial School for the Education of the Deaf in Amherst (later named the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority – Resource Centre for the Hearing Handicapped and subsequently the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority – Resource Centre for the Hearing Impaired).

On October 28, 2015, Wagners served a Notice of Intended Action on the Attorney General of Nova Scotia which serves to notify the province that a proposed class action will be filed on behalf of individuals who attended the deaf schools in Nova Scotia and who were subjected to alleged physical, emotional, mental and sexual abuse while students.

Upon the expiration of the 60 day notice period, Wagners will proceed to file its proposed class action with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. 

  • Update – October 14, 2016

    On today’s date, Wagners filed an Amended Notice of Action and Amended Statement of Claim concerning allegations of abuse of former pupils of the Schools for the Deaf in Halifax and Amherst, Nova Scotia.

    A copy of the amended claim may be found under the Court Documents tab.

  • Update – February 12, 2016

    On Saturday, February 20, 2016, lawyers Raymond Wagner, Q.C. and Madeleine Carter of Wagners will host an information meeting for the benefit of former students of the Schools for the Deaf in Nova Scotia who have expressed interest in the class action concerning abuse and neglect at the schools.

    The February 20th meeting will commence at 1:00 p.m. and will take place at The Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 400 Main Street, Saint John, New Brunswick.

    The purposes of the meeting are to meet the legal team and representative plaintiffs as well as to learn more about how the class action process works.

    In the not too distant future similar meetings will be held in Sydney, Cape Breton and Halifax. We will contact class members and post information on this page once the future meeting particulars have been finalized.

  • Update – January 13, 2016

    On today’s date, Wagners filed its Notice of Action and Statement of Claim concerning allegations of abuse of former pupils of the Schools for the Deaf in Halifax and Amherst, Nova Scotia.

    A copy of the claim may be found under the Court Documents tab.

  • Update – October 28, 2015

    On today’s date, Wagners served a Notice of Intended Action on the Attorney General of Nova Scotia with respect to the proposed class proceeding that will be filed upon the expiration of the two month notice period.

    The Notice is available for viewing under the Court Documents tab. 

The following documents concerning the class action which has been filed by Wagners in relation to allegations of abuse at the two deaf schools in Nova Scotia are available for viewing in PDF format:

We are presently accepting enquiries from individuals who allegedly endured abuse while residing at or attending the Nova Scotia School for the Deaf (Halifax, NS) and the Interprovincial School for the Education of the Deaf in Amherst (later named the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority – Resource Centre for the Hearing Handicapped and subsequently the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority – Resources Centre for the Hearing Impaired).

If you are a former resident or attendant of either of the above noted institution(s) with allegations of abuse, please contact Wagners. You may be eligible for inclusion as a Class Member in our proposed class action lawsuit.

To sign up and determine if you qualify, please fill out this registration form:

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