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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 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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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 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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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 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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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 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 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 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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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 civil case file

  • GR-2887
  • Series
  • 1917

Civil case file 499/1917: George Owen Buchanan vs. Barclay Shingle Mills Ltd.

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Vancouver Supreme Court civil case file

  • GR-2886
  • Series
  • 1925

Civil case file 1/1925: Alfred James Mortimore vs. Sydney Charles Mortimore, Lillian Mecredy and Rose Tennant.

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Vancouver Supreme Court civil case file

  • GR-2885
  • Series
  • 1917

Civil case file 418/1917: Trustees and Executors Act vs. Estate of Henry Town.

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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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Excerpts from proceedings at trial

  • GR-2852
  • Series
  • 1938

Excerpts from proceedings at trial 343/38: Toronto General Trust et al. v. George Walker.

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Appeal book

  • GR-2847
  • Series
  • 1908

Appeal book: Rex v. S. Garvin.

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Case files from assessment appeals

  • GR-2830
  • Series
  • 1929-1931

Case files from Assessment appeals from the Court of Revision. Also one file of "Notice of Appeal" forms, 1930 and 1931.

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Assize Court calendars

  • GR-2811
  • Series
  • 1907-1949

The series consists of a bound volume of Assize Court calendar sheets that date from May 1907 to September 1949. The sheets are for criminal cases heard in the British Columbia Supreme Court at Vancouver, in the Court of Oyer and Terminer and General Gaol Delivery and are arranged by month and year. Each sheet lists cases heard that month and include the case number, name of prisoner, charge, date of conviction, date of sentence, plea, verdict and sentence. There are occasional handwritten notes attached. The sheets are certified as correct by the district registrar and signed by the presiding judge.

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Vancouver Supreme Court letters Probate and Letters of Administration

  • GR-2646
  • Series
  • 1946-1949

Record of Letters Probate and Letters of Administration issued for estates probated in Vancouver, 1949 (4 volumes). The first page of v. 4 is a table listing monthly totals of the number of grants issued from 1946-1949.

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Mortgagor's and Purchaser's Relief cause books

  • GR-2547
  • Series
  • 1934-1949

Cause books for proceedings under the Mortgagor's and Purchaser's Relief Act, 1934 (indexed). (3 vols.).

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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 civil case file

  • GR-2482
  • Series
  • 1914

Civil case file, 596/1914: Estate of John Morton, deceased vs. Trustee Act. This case appear to have concluded ca. 1949. The records are in no particular order.

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Official Receiver case files

  • GR-2401
  • Series
  • 1923-1949

Case files for eases handled by the Official Receiver, e.g. bankruptcy, assignments.

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