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Judge Ruggles minute books

  • GR-1846
  • Series
  • 1919-1931

Minute book of cases heard before Judge H.D. Ruggles, Nov 1919 - Nov 1931. Also includes lists of interpreters, official stenographers, and typists.

British Columbia. County Court (Vancouver)

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.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

Vancouver County Court register of book accounts

  • GR-1894
  • Series
  • 1916-1960

Register of book accounts assigned for courts sitting at Vancouver Court Registry. Vol. 1: 1916-1924; vol. 2: 1924-1936; vol. 3: 1936-1948; vol. 4: 1948-1960. These volumes record agreements between debtors and creditors. They include the following information: case number, name of assignors, assignor's address, assignor's occupation, name of assignee, nature of instrument used, date of instrument, date instrument registered with the Vancouver court, and the amount of purchase or mortgage moneys. GR-3146 is an index to these volumes.

British Columbia. County Court (Vancouver)

Vancouver County Court book debt indexes

  • GR-3146
  • Series
  • 1916-1960

Book debt indexes: 1916-1946; 1947-1954; 1954-1957; 1958-1960. These volumes are alphabetical indexes to the Register of book accounts assigned. They are alphabetical by name of the assignor and include the following information: case number; name of assignor; name of assignee; date instrument registered with the Vancouver court; and the register reference number (volume and page). The register of book accounts assigned are found in GR-1894.

British Columbia. County Court (Vancouver)

Record book

  • GR-2152
  • Series
  • 1928-1951

Record book showing name of prosecutor, name of defendant, nature of gaol or lockup, order or conviction, amount of fine, name of presiding magistrate or justice and "remarks".

British Columbia. Police Court (University Station)

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.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

Summonses and other material

  • GR-2299
  • Series
  • 1920-1928

Loose material removed from the cause book to the Small Debts Court in South Vancouver. There are summonses, orders, and affidavits from 2 case files (7/20 Leesdale v. Perrin; 18/23 Hudson v. Janes), court calendars from July and September 1928, correspondence from 1926 and notes.

British Columbia. Small Debts Court (South Vancouver)

Firm indexes

  • GR-0930
  • Series
  • 1894-1964

This series consists of 13 volumes of individual firm indexes from the County Court of Vancouver, 1894-1964.

British Columbia. County Court (Vancouver)

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.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

Vancouver County Court indexes to civil cases

  • GR-1650
  • Series
  • 1886-1990

This series contains indexes to plaint and procedure books (index volume for cases 591/1893 - 275/1897 is missing) and case record cards (1976-1990). In 1990 the functions of the County Courts were transferred to the BC Supreme Court and the County Courts ceased to exist. Actions initiated before the dissolution were continued as County Court cases and orders and judgments filed as such.

British Columbia. County Court (Vancouver)

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.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

Record books

  • GR-2352
  • Series
  • 1905-1950

The series consists of record books from criminal cases from Supreme and County courts in Vancouver, 1905 to 1950. Volumes 1-4 are in the format of a record book. Volumes 5-13 are cause books. Also included in volume 1 is a list of Special Constables appointed under the Railway Act for the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Vancouver and Lulu Island Railway, and the Vancouver, Victoria and Eastern Railway, 1908-1914 and an account of money received and disbursements from Speedy Trials for October and November 1906.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

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

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

Mechanic's liens

  • GR-2318
  • Series
  • 1905-1933

The series contains mechanic's liens from the Vancouver County Court, created between 1905 and 1933. A lien is a registered legal claim on personal property, most often used as security or collateral for a debt or loan. The liens are arranged by folio and year.

British Columbia. County Court (Vancouver)

Vancouver Supreme Court judgements

  • GR-1570
  • Series
  • 1893-1947

This series contains Vancouver Supreme Court judgements.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

Vancouver Supreme Court orders

  • GR-1507
  • Series
  • 1899-1944

This series contains Vancouver Supreme Court Orders in 113 volumes.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

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.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

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.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

Vancouver County Court orders and judgements

  • GR-3175
  • Series
  • 1980-1994

Orders and judgments. One order from volume 101 (folio 40), filed December 24, 1986 was transferred to Salmon Arm for reasons unknown. This order can be found in container 830539-0004.

As BC County Courts ceased to exist after their merger with the BC Supreme Court in 1990; the orders and judgments after 1 July 1990 would be for proceedings commenced prior to that date.

British Columbia. County Court (Vancouver)

Vancouver County court judgements

  • GR-2010
  • Series
  • 1947-1976

Orders and judgements. See GR-1650 for indexes to civil cases.

British Columbia. County Court (Vancouver)

Vancouver County Court record books for civil cases

  • GR-3153
  • Series
  • 1940-1949

Record books (indexed by plaintiff) for civil cases heard before Vancouver County Court Judges Harper, Ellis, Lennox, McIntosh, Shandley, Whiteside, Archibald, Boyd, Wilson, Sargent, Hanna, Sullivan, Colquhoun and McGeer. These books are similar to minute books.

British Columbia. County Court (Vancouver)

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.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

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).

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

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)

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

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)

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

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