Series GR-3705 - Chilliwack Supreme Court civil orders and reasons for judgment

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Chilliwack Supreme Court civil orders and reasons for judgment

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  • 1916-1992 (Creation)

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7.7 m textual records

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The British Columbia government established a Supreme Court registry at Chilliwack (in the County of Westminster) in 1916, by Order-in-Council 0408-1916. The order, which also provided for a District Registrar, was approved by cabinet on May 5; notice was given by the Provincial Secretary’s office on May 10, 1916.

At this date (March 2016) the Chilliwack Registry of the Supreme Court continues as an active registry.

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The series consists of civil orders created by the Chilliwack Supreme Court between 1916 and 1940, and 1974 to 1991. The series also consists of a subseries of early reasons for judgment, dating to the 1930s and 1940s. In many cases, these were interfiled with the civil orders. Early civil orders contain adoption information, although later orders appear to have been removed. The series includes divorce records, including decrees nisi and absolute. Reasons for judgment provide the rationale behind a court’s decision, and civil orders are a formal expression of the court’s will.

Records in this series are arranged by volume and folio number. Many of the records were originally housed in shannon folders, and have been rehoused for preservation purposes. When the records were received by the Archives, the volumes were out of order. As it would have been too difficult to re-order the files at the time, they have been left in the received physical order but the file list is arranged by volume number.

The records in this series were selected for full retention under the Court Services ORCS (Schedule 100152) number 51400-25.

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Records in containers 830531-0001 > 0014, 0017, 0019, 0020, 0022 > 0027 and 0048 were transferred to the Archives in January 2016 from the Chilliwack Court Registry. Records in boxes 830531-0028 to 830531-0040 were transferred in October 2001 and January 2003.


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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.

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Accession number(s) : 83-0531

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Records were originally in shannon folders and were rehoused. Records were transferred into new boxes. File order maintained but clients are encouraged to consult the updated file list rather than any they may have in-house.

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