Series GR-2966 - Correspondence from C95 (criminal prosecutions)

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Correspondence from C95 (criminal prosecutions)

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GR-2966

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  • 1938, 1966-1970 (Creation)
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    British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

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4 m of textual records

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(1871-1976)

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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).

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The series consists of Attorney General correspondence regarding C95 (criminal prosecutions). Some files date from as early as 1938 but the bulk of the series is from 1966-1970. Note: Some information has been severed from this finding aid in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Where information has been removed, this is indicated by the following annotation [severed]. APPENDIX 'A' CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS C 95 Case Charge/Court site 3 general 4 drunk driving 5 hanging 6 offensive weapons 7 stenographer accounts 8 gambling 9 suggested prosecutions 10 statistics 11 salacious literature 12 Court of Appeal 13 Assizes 15 Cranbrook Assize 16 Kamloops Assize 17 Nanaimo Assize 18 Nelson Assize 19 New Westminster Assize 20 Pouce Coupe Assize 21 Prince George Assize 22 Prince Rupert Assize 23 Quesnel 25 Vancouver Assize 26 Vernon Assize 27 Victoria Assize 28 Williams Lake Assize, formerly C98-24 29 Transfer from other provinces 30 Order-in-Council Patient Review Board

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Transferred from Ministry of Attorney General, 1985.

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These records are restricted. Please contact the BC Archives for information about access.

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Accession number(s): 94-5572; G85-154

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