Series GR-2032 - Bench books

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Bench books

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  • 1853-1856 (Creation)
    Vancouver Island. Supreme Court of Civil Justice

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Originals, 2 cm, microfilm (neg.), 1853-1856, 1 reel [B00090]

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The Supreme Court of Civil Justice of the Colony of Vancouver Island was established by an Imperial Order in Council from the British Privy Council, dated 4 April 1856. The court remained separate from the Supreme Court of Civil Justice of British Columbia, even when the two colonies merged in 1866.

The court was renamed the Supreme Court of Vancouver Island by the 1 March 1869 Ordinance to regulate the Supreme Courts of Justice of British Columbia. This ordinance also provided for the future merger of the two courts into the Supreme Court of British Columbia, which was completed 29 March 1870 under the Courts Merger Ordinance, 1870.

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Bench books of civil and criminal cases heard by Judge David Cameron at Fort Victoria, Nov 1853 - Jan 1856; and a criminal case at Nanaimo, May 1854. The volume also includes civil cases heard at Victoria in the Inferior Court of Civil Justice, 1856. It serves as a criminal record book, 1853; cause book, 1856; and Registrar's record book, 1853. The volume opens with a notation that Judge Cameron's commission was read and he took his seat October 6, 1853. The Registrar notes that he received the court seal from Judge Cameron.

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Transferred from Dept. of the Attorney General.


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Accession number(s): 94-8216

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