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Vancouver Supreme Court orders

  • GR-2011
  • Series
  • 1944-2005

The series consists of Supreme Court orders. In some cases, divorce orders are interfiled with other Supreme Court orders. Records in accession 83-0542 were originally described by the Courts as containing orders and judgments, but appear to only contain orders.

Between ca. 1980 until 1994, civil orders were separated into different series by the court registry. These series are the "A/J", "B", "C" and "H" series in accession 93-6205, 93-6206, 93-6207, and 93-6208. They have been described as part of GR-2011. "A/J" series appears to contain orders made relating to statutes, "B" series contain series related to the Motor Vehicle Act, series "C" contains general civil orders, and "H" series contains orders relating to foreclosures.

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Supreme Court civil and criminal notable cases

  • GR-3658
  • Series
  • 1994-2003

The records were created in an attempt to retain summary information regarding notable cases of both civil and criminal matters across BC. The copies appear to have been made by the head of Information Services at the BC Courthouse Library Society for the BC Archives. As the Library did not have access to the case files themselves, many of the records are copies of reasons for judgment or entries in the Dominion Law Reports or Western Weekly Reports. Many original case files relating to post-1950 matters have been destroyed. The series contains records relating to cases heard between 1950 and 2003, and the copies appear to have been created around 2003.

The records are arranged by case year. Some years span several files.

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Vancouver Supreme Court wills

  • GR-3672
  • Series
  • 1986-1999

The series consists of original copies of wills that were probated in the Vancouver registry. The wills were removed from the original probate files and refiled in a separate accession by registry staff. The records are arranged by probate number, an index to which can be found in GR-2991 and with Archives staff.

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Vancouver Supreme Court index to case files

  • GR-3772
  • Series
  • Microfilmed [1993?] (originally created 1987-1988)

Index to Family Relations Act case files and interim rules. Indexed alphabetically by surname of defendant and plaintiff. 1988 index includes index of alias cross references.

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Divorce orders and judgments

  • GR-3260
  • Series
  • 1969-1989

The series consists of divorce orders and judgements from the Vancouver Supreme Court from 1969 to 1989. They are divided into 3 sub-series: Decrees nisi, 1980-1989; decrees absolute, 1969-1977 and 1980-1989; and other divorce orders 1980-1989. For decrees nisi 1969-1975 see GR-3155, for other divorce orders before 1977 see GR-2011 and GR-2012. Decrees and orders issued 1977-1979 for cases opened prior to 1977 no longer exist with the exception of copies of decrees absolute which can be found in GR-3255. Decrees and orders issued 1977-1979 for actions started 1977-1979 can be found in the case files (83-0458-3658 to 3665).

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Vancouver Supreme Court letters of administration

  • GR-2102
  • Series
  • 1893-1989

This series consists of letters of administration for the Supreme Court of Vancouver from 1893-1989 (form C).

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Reasons for judgement

  • GR-2097
  • Series
  • 1989

Reasons for judgement of the Honourable Chief Justice Allan McEachern in the case of Delgamuukw, also known as Ken Muldoe, suing on his own behalf and on behalf of all members of the House of Delgamuukw and others vs. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the province of British Columbia and the Attorney General of British Columbia. Case no. 843/1984 (Smithers registry), heard at Vancouver, B.C., July 6-7, 1989.

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Indexes to estates probated in Vancouver

  • GR-2988
  • Series
  • 1952-1986

Vancouver probate indexes. Index for 1974-1976 (B11787-B11788) is also found on reel B09710 in one single alphabetical sequence.

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Vancouver Supreme Court case files

  • GR-3946
  • Series
  • 1970-1980; predominantly 1977-1979

The series consists of microfiched Supreme Court case files from the “A,” “B,” “C,” “H” and “X” records series. The majority of the case files date from the period 1977-1979, with some records dating from as early as 1970 and as late as 1980. The original case files were microfiched and destroyed before the final orders could be removed and filed separately; as such, these microfiche represent the only extant copy of the final order.

“A” and “X” series records appear to contain case files relating to legislated statutes, "B” series relates to Motor Vehicle cases, “C” series relates to general civil cases, and “H” series records deal with foreclosures.

The fiche are arranged by series, and then by case number. The case numbers are not arranged in a strict sequential order, but rather are arranged by record series, year, and then by the last two digits of the court file number. For example, all “A” series records from 1978 ending in “00” are grouped together (A780100, A780200, A780300, etc), followed by all the 1978 “A” series records ending in 01, and so on.

If a researcher is missing the file number, this can be located in indexes that are available to staff only. These indexes include both plaintiff and defendant in the same list. Once the file number has been located, this can be used to locate the case file and the order can be copied.

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Vancouver Supreme Court divorce case files

  • GR-2334
  • Series
  • 1945-1949, 1975-1980

The series consists of originals of divorce case files from the years 1945, 1946, 1948-1949, and microfiched divorce case files from 1975 to 1980. Typical divorce case files can contain affidavits, petitions, correspondence and other records relating to the case.

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Vancouver Courthouse slides

  • GR-3399
  • Series
  • Sep 1979

The series consists of 26 colour slides taken by Gar Lunney for the Vancouver Supreme Court. The slides show the opening of the Vancouver Courthouse in September 1979 including the speakers, the audience and various shots of the building.

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Moses v BC and Canada : reasons for judgement

  • GR-0272
  • File
  • 1977

The file consists of a photocopy of reasons for judgement in the case (43319/75) of Donald Moses et al (other members of the Lower Nicola Indian Band) versus Canada and British Columbia, May 5, 1977.

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Vancouver Supreme Court divorce cause books

  • GR-3737
  • Series
  • 1946-1977

The series consists of cause books for divorces in the Supreme Court of Vancouver between 1946 and 1977. The cause books are arranged chronologically, and can be used to locate the volume and folio for a divorce order. The cause books are also often the only source of information for divorce cases that were dropped and were never completed, as no order would have been granted, and case files have been destroyed. Typical entries in the cause book entries include the names of the parties and their solicitors, and the date, cost, and description of the divorce proceedings. Following the coming into force on July 1, 1968 of the Canada Divorce Act, the cause book volume numbers begin again from 1.

Researchers and staff should note that although the volumes have been assigned container numbers, the volumes are actually loose.

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Vancouver Supreme Court chambers order books

  • GR-1609
  • Series
  • 1918-1976

The series consists of Vancouver Supreme Court Chambers Orders from 1947 to 1976. The orders are indexed and are contained in volumes 78 to 429.

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Vancouver Supreme Court divorce indexes

  • GR-1586
  • Series
  • 1893-1976

The series consists of indexes for divorce records from the Supreme Court of Vancouver. Microfilmed volume 1 consists of indexes for 1893 to 1922, volume 2 for records dating from 1923 to 1939, and microfilmed volume 3 indexes records from 1940 to 1947. Textual records consist of indexes from 1948 to 1976.

For the years 1948-1957, the index is searchable by either the name of the plaintiff or that of the defendant. The index then lists the corresponding number in the cause book. The index also sometimes provides the volume and folio number for the divorce order. Between 1958 and 1972, the indexes are searchable only by plaintiff name. The indexes for 1973 to 1976 are again straight alphabetical listings of both the plaintiff and defendant, and provide the corresponding number in the cause book.

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Vancouver Supreme Court judgements

  • GR-2012
  • Series
  • 1947-1976

Judgements. Alphabetical index filmed before each volume from 1947 - February 14, 1963. Volumes from February 15, 1963 to 1975 are not indexed.

Additional Vancouver divorce judgments, 1974-1976 (note overlap)

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Vancouver Supreme Court indexes to cause books

  • GR-1704
  • Series
  • 1893-1975

This series contains an index to cause books (GR-1608). The whereabouts of causebooks from 1962 onwards is unknown.

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Vancouver Supreme Court divorce judgements - decree nisi

  • GR-3155
  • Series
  • 1969-1975

Vancouver divorce judgements by way of decree nisi.

Additional Vancouver divorce judgments by way of decree nisi, 1975-1976 (note overlap)

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Vancouver Supreme Court indexes to reasons for judgement

  • GR-3164
  • Series
  • 1950-1975

Indexes to reasons for judgement from County Court, Supreme Court, R.S.B.C. and Divorce and Matrimonial cases. The Supreme Court volumes overlap because when space in the volume for a specific letter (eg. "B" ) ran out - entries were made in a new volume.

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Vancouver Supreme Court probate/estate files

  • GR-2989
  • Series
  • 1949-1966

Vancouver probate/estate files: 43000 - 93199. Files 71655 and 72321 are oversize and can be found on reel B09706.

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Debtor and creditor judgement indexes

  • GR-2533
  • Series
  • 1893-1962

Judgement indexes - debtors and creditors - giving plaint numbers.

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Vancouver Supreme Court cause books

  • GR-1608
  • Series
  • 1893-1961

This series contains cause books for civil cases from the Vancouver Supreme Court See GR-1704 for index

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Creditor's relief case files

  • GR-2882
  • Series
  • 1926-1956

Case files for proceedings under the Creditor's Relief Act in both Supreme and County courts.

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