On a de novo appeal, can the issue under appeal be decided afresh?

Nova Scotia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Hopgood v. Hopgood (Estate), 2018 NSSC 100 (CanLII):

As Moir J. noted in Cooper v. Moncel Estate, 2012 NSSC 195, on a de novo appeal, “the issue under appeal is decided afresh. The hearing of the appeal is more like first instance determination than appellate review”: para. 6.

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