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Altin Small Debts Court cash book

  • GR-3114
  • Series
  • 1901-1962

Series consists of one cash book arranged chronologically with columns showing date, plaintiff, defendant, amount of claim, judgment, fees paid and remarks.

British Columbia. Small Debts Court (Atlin)

Ashcroft County Court naturalization case files and other material

  • GR-3845
  • Series
  • 1960-1981

The series consists of naturalization case files from the County Court of Ashcroft from 1960-1981. The series also includes other records related to naturalization, including carbon copies of applications for citizenship, as well documents related to citizenship presentations, citizenship registration and instructions on citizenship procedures at the Ashcroft Court Registry. Some files are from Kelowna. Naturalization is the process through which immigrants acquire Canadian citizenship.

British Columbia. County Court (Ashcroft)

Ashcroft County Court register of naturalization certificates

  • GR-1930
  • Series
  • 1894-1914

Series consists of an Ashcroft County Court register of naturalization certificates for 1894-1914. Naturalization is the process through which immigrants acquire Canadian citizenship. Entries include: name, place of residence, nationality, and certificate issue date. Places of residence include: Alexandria, Ashcroft, Barkerville, Cache Creek, Fort Fraser, Fort George, Gladwin, Harper's Camp, Horsefly, Hydraulic, Lac La Hache, Lillooet, Lytton, Mapes, Merritt, North Bend, 150 Mile House, Quesnelle, Spatsum, Spences Bridge, Springhouse, and Walhachin.

British Columbia. County Court (Ashcroft)

Ashcroft Supreme Court civil cause books and indexes

  • GR-3539
  • Series
  • 1917-1934

Series consists of volume 2 of Ashcroft Supreme Court’s cause books. The volume covers cases 5/1917 to 3/1934 and includes information on divorces, probates and estate administration, adoption orders, and other civil cases. The volume also includes an alphabetical index.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Ashcroft)

Ashcroft Supreme Court divorce orders

  • GR-4250
  • Series
  • 1950-1958, 1971-1997

Series consists of original decrees nisi, decrees absolute, and divorce orders created between 1950-1958 and 1971-1997 by the Ashcroft Supreme Court registry. Between 1968 and 1985, a judgement by way of decree nisi required a three-month waiting period before a judgement by way of decree absolute could be applied for. During this time, a divorce was not legally in effect without a decree absolute. After 1985, divorce orders automatically came into effect 31 days after the divorce was granted, barring an appeal.

Decrees nisi and decrees absolute are filed together and arranged by case number, not by volume and folio or by date. This means that records of varying dates are interfiled. From 1950-1978, case file numbers were assigned chronologically and include the year a divorce was initiated. For example, no. 1/71 was the first divorce initiated in 1971, no. 1/72 was the first divorce of 1972, and so on. Starting in 1979, case file numbers continued sequentially across years from no. 14 in 1979 to no. 82 in 1997. The records were scheduled for full retention under Court Services ORCS (schedule 100152) 51440-25.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Ashcroft)

Ashcroft Supreme Court grants of letters probate and letters of administration

  • GR-3540
  • Series
  • 1909-1959

Series consists of several volumes of letters of administration and letters probate from the Ashcroft Supreme Court. The records were created between 1909 and 1959. In many cases, wills are annexed to records in container 830496-0001 of this series.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Ashcroft)

Ashcroft Supreme Court wills

  • GR-3530
  • Series
  • 1986-1997

Series consists of wills from the Supreme Court at Ashcroft. Wills are arranged by file number and date from 1986-1997. This number is the same as the file number in GR-1952 (Ashcroft probate/estate files). Not all individuals listed in the probate file list have an accompanying will.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Ashcroft)

Ashcroft Supreme Court, County Court, and Small Claims Court civil orders/reasons for judgement

  • GR-3531
  • Series
  • 1974-1997

Series consists of civil orders and reasons for judgement from the Supreme Court, County Court, and Small Claims Court in Ashcroft. The series includes divorce records interfiled with other court orders. Records from the various level of court are interfiled. The series includes a small number of records that were originally filed at the Kamloops registry before being transferred to Ashcroft.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Ashcroft)

Assistant Deputy Minister of Court Services Branch records

  • GR-3931
  • Series
  • 1973-1994

This series consists of executive records of the Court Services Branch, including those of the Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of the Attorney General. Records range in date from 1973-1994. This includes operational and administrative files from the Court Services Headquarters in Victoria and may relate to all court registries throughout BC.

The majority of records consist of correspondence, minutes, reference material, forms, drafts, legislation, and manuals. The first two accessions are arranged according to a Court Services specific file code system.

Files may regard: legislation drafting, amending or reference; circulars; news releases and clippings; statistics; executive correspondence referral replies or complaints, many related to issues with members of the public obtaining copies of documents or other services from Court Services; liaison and co-operation with other political bodies; creation of forms; administrative records related to staffing and appointments; wrongful imprisonment; staff errors and complaints against staff; escape incident case files; escort and security procedures; registry policy and procedures including their development, legal requirements and circulation to all registries; Family Court procedures, including the enforcement of Family Maintenance orders; personal property and debt collection case files; executions and serving of documents including procedures, complaints and staff appointments; interpleader files and actions against sheriffs; and, subject files on a variety of topics.

There are also many committee and meeting records, including those of Court Services Policy Board, Board of Sheriffs, Regional Court Administrators, Board of District Managers, Court Services Advisory Board, Court Services Status of Women Committee, Ministerial Case Management Evaluation Task Force Committee, Victim Assistance Committee, Justice Institute, Corrections Branch, Executive Policy Board, Canadian Bar Association, BC Association of Chiefs of Police, and various committees reviewing legislation and planning its implementation.

Files in accession 92-4831 were created from the mid-1980s on and utilize a different file system known as the Operational Records Classification System (ORCS) and Administrative Records Classification System (ARCS). These records relate to IT projects, budgets, various committee files, and the procedural analysis of the Provincial Family Court and Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP).

The Ministry responsible for these records and associated dates are:

British Columbia. Ministry of Attorney General (1979-)
British Columbia. Ministry of the Attorney-General (1976-1979)
British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General (1871-1976)

British Columbia. Court Services

Assize record book and Speedy Trials record book

  • GR-2663
  • Series
  • 1895-1912

Assize record book, various locations, 1895-1907 [Atlin, Ashcroft, Cassiar, Chilliwack, Clinton, Donald, Fernie, Fort Steele, Glenora, Golden, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Kamloops, Kaslo, Lytton, Midway, Nanaimo, Nelson, New Westminster, Nicola, Osoyoos, Revelstoke, Rossland, Vancouver, Vernon, Victoria ] and Speedy Trials record book, 1895-1912. Index inside front cover. Possibly cases heard by Chief Justice Angus John McColl.

British Columbia. Supreme Court

Atlin County Court cash book

  • GR-3111
  • Series
  • 1904-1934, predominant 1904-1918

Series consists of one cash book showing date, style of cause, file number, "from whom received", "to whom paid", and amount between 1904-1934, but predominantly between 1904-1918.

British Columbia. County Court (Atlin)

Atlin County Court debt attachment book

  • GR-3112
  • Series
  • 1907-1918

Series consists of one debt attachment book from the Atlin County Court between 1907 and 1918.

British Columbia. County Court (Atlin)

Atlin County Court mechanics' liens register

  • GR-3109
  • Series
  • 1899-1969

Series consists of one mechanics' liens register from the Atlin County Court between 1899 and 1969. Arranged alphabetically.

British Columbia. County Court (Atlin)

Atlin County Court plaint and procedure book

  • GR-0573
  • Series
  • 1899-1903

Plaint and procedure book from County Court of Vancouver sitting at Atlin, July 1899 - Aug. 1903. Indexed.

British Columbia. County Court (Atlin)

Atlin County Court registrar's record book

  • GR-3115
  • Series
  • 1905-1965

Series consists of one registrar's record book, with several loose pages from 1905. It includes cases heard in Chambers, naturalizations, appeals, minutes, etc.

British Columbia. County Court (Atlin)

Atlin Gold Commissioner records

  • GR-0217
  • Series
  • 1898-1945

The series consists of records created by the Atlin Gold Commissioner between 1898 and 1945. Records include correspondence inward and outward, mining and water records, and gold commissioner's court records.

British Columbia. Gold Commissioner (Atlin)

Atlin Police Court record book

  • GR-3110
  • Series
  • 1951-1980

Series consists of one Provincial Police Court record book showing name of prosecutor, name of defendant, nature of the charge, costs, name of arresting officer, name of gaol or lockup, order or conviction, amount of fine, name of presiding magistrate or justice and "remarks".

British Columbia. Police Court (Atlin)

Atlin Small Debts Court case files and correspondence

  • GR-3168
  • Series
  • 1899-1900

Series consists of case files and correspondence from June 1899 to January 1900, from the Small Debts Court of Vancouver holden at Atlin and handled by Stipendiary Magistrate Edward Montague Nelson Woods.

British Columbia. Small Debts Court (Atlin)

Atlin Supreme Court cause books

  • GR-3113
  • Series
  • 1899-1912

Series consists of two Atlin Supreme Court cause books for 1899-1905 and 1906-1912.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Atlin)

Attorney General document series

  • GR-0419
  • Series
  • 1857-1966

The Attorney-General Document series consists mainly of transcripts of depositions and preliminary hearings and trials, forwarded to the Attorney-General and numbered consecutively by year they were filed. Registers and indexes (volumes 879 to 885) are available on microfilm reel B00395.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Barkerville County Court naturalization case files

  • GR-2348
  • Series
  • 1914-1959

Series consists of Barkerville County Court naturalization case files for 1914-1959, plus three files of correspondence regarding naturalization applications (1944-1958) and one file of correspondence, circulars, regulations, forms, fee schedules, etc. from the federal government (1948-1955). Naturalization is the process through which immigrants acquire Canadian citizenship.

British Columbia. County Court (Barkerville)

Barkerville County Court probate/estate files

  • GR-2021
  • Series
  • 1914-1916

Series consists of probate/estate files, including letters of administration, created by the Barkerville County Court between 1914 and 1916.

British Columbia. County Court (Barkerville)

Barkerville County Court probate/estate files

  • GR-2020
  • Series
  • 1940-1949

Series consists of probate/estate files created by the Barkerville County Court between 1940 and 1949.

British Columbia. County Court (Barkerville)

Barkerville Supreme Court civil case files

  • GR-2023
  • Series
  • 1939-1941

Series consists of three Barkerville Supreme Court civil case files from 1939 to 1941: L.W. King vs. Buckley's Pharmacy (K/3/39), Workmen's Compensation Board vs. Consolidated Gold Alluvials of B.C. (W/l/41), and one adoption file.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Barkerville)

Barkerville Supreme Court divorce case files

  • GR-2022
  • Series
  • 1939-1951

The series consists of six Barkerville Supreme Court divorce case files from 1939 to 1951.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Barkerville)

Barkerville Supreme Court probate/estate files

  • GR-2019
  • Series
  • 1940-1947

Series consists of probate/estate files, including letters of administration, created by the Barkerville Supreme Court between 1940 and 1947.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Barkerville)

Bella Coola Police Court record books

  • GR-3105
  • Series
  • 1946-1968

Record books showing name of prosecutor, name of defendant (some juvenile), nature of the charge, costs, name of arresting officer, name of gaol or lockup, order or conviction, amount of fine, name of presiding magistrate or justice and "remarks".

British Columbia. Police Court (Bella Coola)

Bench books

  • GR-1727
  • Series
  • 1864-1964

This series comprises mostly of bench books for civil and criminal cases heard by various judges and chief justices in the Supreme Court, County Court, Court of Appeal, Admiralty Court, Circuit Courts and Assizes. The series also includes notes on commissions of inquiry as well as miscellaneous court information. Civil and criminal cases are often included in the same volume and records from different judges, different levels of courts, different time periods and geographic areas may be mixed in the same volume, particularly for the earlier period..

For loose material removed from the volumes in GR-1727 see GR-2783.

British Columbia. Judiciary

Bench books

  • GR-1607
  • Series
  • 1907-1964

This series contains bench books from various judges/justices, geographic locations and levels of court in British Columbia.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

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