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Attorney General document series
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- British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General
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Originals, 96.5 m; microfilm (registers and indexes), 1 reel [B00395].
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British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General (1871-1976)
The Attorney-General’s Department was established in 1871 by authority of the Constitution Act of 1871 (SBC 1871, c. 147). Prior to that, from 1863 to 1866, the origins of the ministry were in the offices of the Attorney-General for the Colony of Vancouver Island and for the Colony of British Columbia. In 1866, the colonies united to form one colony, with one Attorney-General, who remained in place until British Columbia became a province of the Dominion of Canada in 1871. The Attorney-General was the official legal advisor of the Lieutenant-Governor and of the Executive Council. He was responsible for the settlement and approval of all documents issued under the public seal of the province and for the supervision of magistrates, police, and the constabulary. In 1899, the department was reconstituted by the Attorney-General’s Act (SBC 1899, c. 5), which expanded the duties and powers of the Attorney-General to include: management and direction of correctional institutions, the British Columbia Police, and the administration of public affairs; provision of legislative and legal advice to the representative of the Crown and the heads of government departments; administration of justice within the Province; and regulation of all litigation for and against the Crown and public departments within the jurisdiction of the Legislature. At various times several different agencies have been under the direction of the Attorney-General, such as the Industrial Schools for Boys and for Girls, Factories Inspection Branch, Electrical Energy Inspection Branch, Mothers’ Pension Board, Municipal Branch, Provincial Board of Health, Prohibition Commission, Public Utilities Commission, and Superintendent of Neglected Children. In most instances these agencies have later been placed under the management of other departments, absorbed into new organizations, or abolished altogether. In 1976, the Dept. of the Attorney-General was renamed the Ministry of the Attorney General (OIC 3199/76).
Scope and content
The Attorney-General Document series consists mainly of transcripts of depositions and preliminary hearings and trials, forwarded to the Attorney-General and numbered consecutively by year they were filed. Registers and indexes (volumes 879 to 885) are available on microfilm reel B00395.
Immediate source of acquisition
Transferred from Dept. of the Attorney General, 1972, 1960, and earlier.
Note that the documents are not stored in a strict numeric/chronological order.
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Availability of other formats
Documents from 1863 - 1914 relating to Chinese individuals were digitized as part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, with the exception of two documents which were restricted due to Young Offender information (Documents 7/1912 and 77/1914).
Restrictions on access
These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Finding aids: registers and indexes (vols. 878-884; reel B00395); box list. Typed and photocopied document register entries from the original documents and microfilm reel B00395 dating between 1857 and 1909 are available in the hardcopy version of the finding aid in the BC Archives Reference Room.
Some missing files may have been transferred to other GRs.
Accession number(s): GR-0419