Gittens and Associates

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Street Address 8 Kenna’s Hill
City St. John’s
State/Province Newfoundland
Zipcode A1A 1H9
Phone 1-888-592-7171
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Criminal Lawyers in St. John’s, Newfoundland

Our Criminal Law Practice Group was created to ensure that our firm’s criminal lawyers acquire, maintain and develop the legal skills necessary for effective representation of our clients in a criminal law proceeding. The Group operates in a collaborative atmosphere with members sharing experience and knowledge. Criminal law is one of the most complex and dynamic areas of the Canadian legal structure and therefore knowledge sharing is central to continued excellence in this area of practice.

The group is headed by Mark Gruchy. The primary focus of Mark’s practice is in criminal law.

Legal knowledge is vital to effective criminal representation. This is obvious. Less obvious is the supreme importance of criminal lawyers’ awareness of the human condition. Persons faced with criminal law problems come from all walks of life. They experience great stress and confusion as their particular process unfolds. Their individual concerns and fears are extremely varied, but they all have one thing in common: They are human beings with inherent dignity who are fearful of not being treated as such by a system that perceives them as guilty or worthless before their process even formally begins.

The criminal lawyers in our Criminal Practice Group strive to ensure this basic truth is never overlooked in the course of our representation of our clientele. We strive to ensure your dignity is respected as the process unfolds in the courts and we strive to ensure we respect your dignity in our personal dealings with you. We acknowledge everyone is different and we strive to personalize our approach to you and your case. We will never forget you are a human being who deserves respect on that simple yet extremely important basis.

At Gittens & Associates in St. John’s, Newfoundland you can rest assured you will find dedicated criminal lawyers who are at once highly skilled in their field and deeply aware of your basic worth as a person. We will never lose sight of this, even in the more stressful moments of your individual process.

We will never prejudge anyone and we will respect all.

We will fight to protect your rights and your liberty as if they were our own.

With an office in St. John’s, we are able to assist clients with all charges under the Criminal Code, including:

  • Impaired Driving
  • Domestic Assault
  • Drug Charges
  • Sexual Offences
  • Serious Injuries
  • Fraud
  • Theft
  • All Other Charges under the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Criminal Appeals


Ernest L. Gittens, Senior Partner

Ernest has appeared before all levels of the Provincial and Supreme Courts in Newfoundland and Labrador (general, Family and Court of Appeal) as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ernest is a current member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association. In his 33 years of practice, Ernest has gained considerable experience and currently maintains an extensive litigation practice.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Taxation Law

Tel: 709-579-8424, Ext. 221

Fax: 709-738-1339


Nancy C. McKillop, Associate

Nancy is a current member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Canadian Bar Association, and has appeared before the Provincial and Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal. She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, raised in St. John’s East and is the mother of two young children.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Real Estate
  • Property Law
  • Wills And Estates
  • Civil Litigation

Tel: 709-579-8424, Ext. 220

Fax: 709-738-1339

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