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Nanaimo Supreme Court probate/estate files

  • GR-2213
  • Series
  • 1881-1948, 1949-2005

Probate/estate files from the Supreme and County courts from Nanaimo and district.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)

Informations, warrants and convictions

  • GR-2494
  • Series
  • 1872-1889; 1900-1916

This series consists of informations, warrants and convictions from the Nanaimo district. Records may be from the Nanaimo County Court, Supreme Court or Magistrate's Court. Informations are forms in which a witness submits evidence against someone accused of a crime. It includes a summary of the information and personal information of the witness and accused. Several different kinds of warrants are included, such as warrants to apprehend a suspect, warrants to commit someone to gaol and search warrants.

Records from 1872-1889 were grouped together in several volumes beginning with a cardboard name tag; these have been broken into multiple files for preservation. They are arranged mostly chronologically and all include a mixture of different types of records. Some records relate to the Comox District. Files 9 to 16 are not arranged chronologically and include a range of dates that overlap with other volumes.

Most records from 1900-1916 are signed by Stipendiary Magistrate, J.H. Simpson. These forms were removed from a Shannon file where the order of filing was broadly (not strictly) chronological.

British Columbia. County Court (Nanaimo)

Supreme Court family orders and reasons for judgment

  • GR-3702
  • Series
  • 1984-1997

The series consists of orders and reasons for judgment concerning family law cases heard in the Nanaimo Supreme Court between 1984 and 1997. The records are arranged by case file number and are in roughly chronological order. Orders are the formal expression of the ruling of the court, whereas reasons for judgment provide the explanation for the order. Reasons for judgment are given at the conclusion of a court hearing. Family law records include those relating to divorces, child custody, and family maintenance.

The records are covered by secondary 51450-25 of the Court Services Operational Records Classification Schedule (schedule 100152).

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)

Registrar's record book

  • GR-2125
  • Series
  • 1897-1914

The series is a registrar's record book from the Nanaimo Supreme Court, kept between March 1897 and October 1914.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)

Nanaimo Supreme Court orders and judgments

  • GR-2308
  • Series
  • 1900-1995

The series consists of reasons for judgment and civil court orders dating from 1900 to 1995. Divorce orders are interfiled throughout. Records in this series are generally arranged by volume and folio number. While the series mainly consists of civil orders, there are also several boxes of reasons for judgment. Civil court orders are the formal expression of the rulings of the court, whereas the reasons for judgment are the explanation that the court gives at the conclusion of a hearing, explaining why an order is being made.

Files in containers 831029-0001 to 831029-0048 were originally housed in shannon folders upon their transferal to the Archives. For preservation purposes, these records were re-housed in acid free folders. The original shannon files were arranged by volume, with each volume contained in one file that generally ran from folios 1 to 200. The archivist has divided each shannon file into two acid-free folders. However, the original arrangement has been otherwise maintained, and the volume number is evident in the file title. A style of cause index was usually included at the top of each shannon folder; this has been placed at the beginning of the second folder for each volume. Shannon files were originally arranged by order number, with the first order in each volume located at the back of the file. This order has been maintained in the acid-free folders, so lower-numbered folios are towards the back of each file. Reasons for judgment were not intermingled, but rather were housed separately in accordion files.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)

Nanaimo Supreme Court divorce case files

  • GR-2560
  • Series
  • 1900; 1912

Series consists of three divorce case files from the Nanaimo Supreme Court from 1900 and 1912.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)

Assizes record books

  • GR-2295
  • Series
  • 1923-1960

Registrar's assizes record books, 1923-1942; 1942-1960. Formerly on reel B09862(2).

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)

Assize court calendars

  • GR-2144
  • Series
  • 1916-1949

Assize court calendars, 1916-1923; 1926-1964.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)

Nanaimo Supreme Court probate/estate files

  • GR-2283
  • Series
  • 1910-1916

Consent to issue Letters of Administration where estates not subject to Succession Duty; includes the Auditor-General's statement regarding the net value of the estate, the probate duty owing and Succession Duty owing on estates (nil).

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)

Nanaimo Supreme Court letters of administration

  • GR-2291
  • Series
  • 1895-1955

Letters of Administration and Letters of Administration with Will annexed for estates handled by the Official Administrator at both the Supreme and County Court levels, 1895-1955.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)

Nanaimo Supreme Court registrar's assize record book

  • GR-3075
  • Series
  • 1881-1888

The series consists of two registrar's assize record books. One dates from December 1882 to July 1884, and the second dates from 1887 to possibly 1888. The first volume was kept by the registrar (Marshall Bray) and served as a minute book, bench book and record book . It includes several Petit and Grand Jury lists. The second volume was not kept by Bray, but was presumably kept either by his successor or another courts employee working in a similar capacity.

Both volumes include a great deal of witness statements concerning particular cases. Many of the cases deal with Chinese or First Nations residents of Nanaimo and the surrounding area. The statements are frequently lengthy and often appear to have been recorded verbatim. There are notes regarding translations.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)

Case files with regard to Brother XII

  • GR-2526
  • Series
  • 1928-1934

Series consists of four case files from the Nanaimo Supreme Court relating to Brother Twelve (aka Edward Arthur Wilson and Amiel de Valdez). Two are criminal case files involving theft of funds which, amongst other documents, include transcripts of preliminary hearings before the Police Magistrate. Two are civil suits: one brought against Wilson by Alfred Barley (one of his employees) and the other by Mary Connolly (a benefactor to the Aquarian Foundation).

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)

Chambers applications

  • GR-2302
  • Series
  • 1910-1951

Chambers applications.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)

Assizes record book

  • GR-2301
  • Series
  • 1888-1912

Registrar's assizes record book, 1888-1912.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)

Grand and Petit Jury Register

  • GR-2090
  • Series
  • 1928-1970

Grand and Petit Jury Register for Nanaimo; alphabetical lists giving name, occupation and address.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)

Cause books

  • GR-2028
  • Series
  • 1887-1948

Cause books, 1887-1890; 1894-1948.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)

Reports and Presentment of Grand Jury, Fall Assize, October 1900 and Spring Assize, 1904 and 1910

  • GR-1857
  • Series
  • 1900

Presentment of Grand Jury, Fall Assize, October 1900 and Spring Assize, 1904 and 1910. Reports on conditions of the hospital, court house, schools, Opera house, theatre, Provincial jail, city jail. Also addresses the fees for jurors, the need to enforce the Speed Law with regard to automobiles, the system for train dispatching and signalling, and the need for an enquiry into the ease with which Indians procure liquor.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)