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In 1937 the British Columbia government established a Supreme Court registry at Duncan, effective February 15, 1937. It was approved and ordered by Order-in-Council 0099-1937 dated January 26, 1937. (Source: Orders-in-Council and British Columbia Gazette 1937, p. 319).
Currently (to March 31, 2016) the Duncan Registry of the Supreme Court continues as an active registry.
Note that the Order-in-Council states the registry is in the "Victoria Judicial District." The text of the British Columbia Gazette 1937, p. 319 states the registry is in the “Nanaimo Judicial District.”
Scope and content
The series consists of civil orders created in the Supreme Court in Duncan between 1950 and 2002. Orders are a formal expression of the court’s will, and orders in this series cover a variety of issues, including adoption and divorce.
The series is arranged by volume, and then by folio. From volumes 1 to 48, the volume and folio numbers are provided on the records themselves. After volume 48, this information is not always provided. Sometimes the records bear file numbers which appear to be sequential and which restart every year. Sometimes even these numbers are not listed on the records and the only way to identify them is by filing date.
The dates listed in the file list are derived from the date on which the order was filed. Although the filing date for the majority of the records corresponds closely to when the order was issued, this is not always the case, and there are instances in which orders were filed months after being issued.
Originally the majority of the files were arranged in binders based on volume number. If an index existed for the volume, it would be placed in the front of the binder. For space and preservation reasons, the records have been removed from the binders and placed in acid-free folders. Records from binders tend to span two folders, which are linked by volume number. The first of the two binders will house the index for the entire volume, if one was included.