Series GR-3731 - Duncan Supreme Court wills

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Duncan Supreme Court wills

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  • 1986-1998 (Creation)

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1.05 m textual records

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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.”

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The series consists of original wills maintained by the Supreme Court in Duncan. The wills were probated between 1986 and 1998, and relate to probate records in GR-2997. Not all probate records have an accompanying will. Wills are arranged by probate number. A nominal index providing an individual’s name and file number can be found in GR-2997.

Researchers should note that 1995 and 1997 have very few wills, and that there are no wills at all for 1996. The archivist suspects that these have not yet been transferred, and may still be in the custody of the court registry.

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Records transferred from the Duncan court registry in January 2016.


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Accession number(s) : 83-1721

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