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Appeal book and judgements

  • GR-1208
  • Series
  • 1906

This series contains an appeal book and judgements of the British Columbia Supreme Court in the case of James S. Emerson, timber dealer v. Robert T. Skinner, Provincial Timber Inspector, regarding the seizure of three booms of cedar under the Timber Manufacturing Act, 1906.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Archer Martin papers re Red River Settlement

Correspondence, collected documents and copies of documents, research notes, etc. concerning the Red River Settlement used by Martin in the preparation of his volume on HBC land tenures; MS and proofs of Archer Martin, Hudson's Bay Co's land tenures.... London: Wm. Clowes and Sons Ltd., 1898.

Finding aid: file list.

Martin, Archer, 1865-1941

Assize calendar

  • GR-0704
  • Series
  • 1956-1964

This series consists of Vancouver Assize calendar, 1956-1964.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

BC Supreme Court notes of proceedings

  • GR-3018
  • Series
  • 1867

This series contains the following notes of proceedings: "Chief Justice Needham's record of Special Cariboo Circuit - Canada Co. v Grouse Flume Co. and other cases". This handwritten volume contains notes from September 16, 1867 to October 4, 1867.

British Columbia. Supreme Court

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

British Columbia Supreme Court minute books

  • GR-1934
  • Series
  • 1913-1931

The series consists of five minute books of cases heard in the Supreme Court of British Columbia before Mr. Justice William Alexander Macdonald. The indexed volumes 1 to 3 are from 1913 to 1923; volumes 5 and 6 are from 1925-1931. The original volume 4 in the series (1923-1925) is missing.

British Columbia. Supreme Court

British Columbia Supreme Court of Civil Justice bench books

  • GR-2025
  • Series
  • 1859-1873

Series consists of bench books for civil and criminal cases heard by Matthew Baillie Begbie in the British Columbia Supreme Court of Civil Justice, 1859-1873. The volumes include Begbie's notes of proceedings and may include draft copies of judgements and reasons for judgement. They focus primarily on cases heard on the Cariboo District court circuit. County Court cases may be included as are appeals from the Gold Commissioner's Court. The volumes cover Begbie's term as Justice for the Colony of British Columbia and the unified Colony of British Columbia as well as the early years of his tenure as Chief Justice of British Columbia after the colony became a province of Canada. There is a single entry for a case heard by Henry P.P. Crease at Victoria, 1871.

Volumes 3-8 were originally numbered by Begbie as volumes 1-6.

British Columbia. Judiciary

British Columbia wills

  • GR-1052
  • Series
  • 1861-1939

Wills probated in British Columbia, numbers 1-31,200.

British Columbia. Supreme Court

Cause books

  • GR-0658
  • Series
  • 1864-1869

This series consists of civil cause books from the mainland colony's British Columbia Supreme Court, 1864-1869.

Although the colonies of Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia were united in 1866, the Supreme Court of each Colony remained as two separate Supreme Courts until they were merged in 1870 as the Supreme Court of British Columbia, based in Victoria

British Columbia (Colony). Supreme Court of Civil Justice

Commissions to Justice of the Supreme Court

  • GR-4178
  • Series
  • 1865 - 1879

Series consists of sixteen commissions to Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia as well as its predecessors, the Supreme Court of Vancouver Island and the British Columbia Court of Civil Justice, made at Victoria and New Westminster. Also included is an official award of congratulations from the Law Society of British Columbia to John Foster McCreight, for his appointment to the position of Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Records are arranged chronologically.

The following documents are included in this series:
Commission to Begbie 22 Nov. 1865
Commission to Begbie 31 May 1867
Commission to Begbie 12 Nov. 1867
Commission to Begbie 16 Mar. 1870
Commission to Begbie and Crease 5 Jun. 1871
Commission to Begbie and Crease 5 Jun. 1871
Commission to Begbie and Crease 4 Dec. 1871
Commission to Begbie, Crease, and Gray 19 Nov. 1872
Commission to Begbie, Crease, and Gray 19 Nov. 1872
Commission to Crease and Gray 10 Jun. 1873
Commission to Begbie, Crease, and Gray 25 Apr. 1874
Commission to Begbie, Crease, and Gray 25 Apr. 1874
Commission to Begbie, Crease, and Gray 25 Apr. 1874
Commission to Begbie, Crease, and Gray 12 Aug. 1876
Commission to Begbie, Crease, and Gray 17 Aug. 1878
Commission to Begbie, Crease, and Gray 14 Nov. 1879
Congratulations to McKreight 14 Jan. 1881

British Columbia. Supreme Court

Correspondence and other material removed from benchbooks

  • GR-2783
  • Series
  • [Ca. 1864-1964]

The series consists of loose material removed from bench books in GR-1727. Records include correspondence and reasons for judgement.

Box 1/7 loose material removed from GR-1727 vols 1-93.
Box 2/7 loose material removed from GR-1727 vols 94-236.
Box 3/7 loose material removed from GR-1727 vols 241-386.
Box 4/7 loose material removed from GR-1727 vols 387-538.
Box 5/7 loose material removed from GR-1727 vols 539-599.
Box 6/7 loose material removed from GR-1727 vols 600-706.
Box 7/7 loose material removed from GR-1727 vols 707-777

British Columbia. Judiciary

Court decisions and exhibits

  • GR-0607
  • Series
  • 1903-1904

This series consists of printed records relating to the following court cases: the Attorney General of the Province of British Columbia versus Theodore Ludgate, and the Attorney General of the Dominion of Canada regarding ownership of Deadman's Island, Burrard Inlet.

Records include Attorney-General vs. Ludgate report by Robert Cassidy to the Attorney General for British Columbia on the appeal of the Dominion of Canada from the 1901 judgment of Martin, J. (Queen's Printer, 1904, 7 p.). The series also includes various exhibits and other records, such as exhibit 6, "Extracts from blue book containing papers relating to the affairs of British Columbia, 1859-1864" (pp. 307-307(81)); "Evidence before Full Court in addition to that taken at trial" and Exhibits V,W,X,Y (pp. 366-430); reasons for judgment of Chief Justice Gordon Hunter, Justice M.W. Tyrwhitt Drake, and Justice P. A. Irving (pp. 431-445); and B.C. Supreme Court decisions (pp. 446-449). Box 2 contains several duplicates of pp. 307-307(81) and pp. 366-450.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Fee books

  • GR-0661
  • Series
  • 1889-1895

This series consists of three volumes of fee books from the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Volume 1 covers January 1889 to Jul 1895; volume 2 July 1891 to March 1894; and volume 3 March 1894 to November 1895. Volumes record services by date but do not give the charge.

British Columbia. Supreme Court

Fee books

  • GR-0660
  • Series
  • 1864-1886, 1895-1915

This series consists of 22 volumes of fee books, recording fees owing to the Supreme Court. Volume 1 and 2 are for New Westminster, under the Colony of British Columbia Supreme Court of Civil Justice. The third volume covers New Westminster and Victoria from the Vancouver Island Supreme Court of Civil Justice. Volumes 4 to 22 were created after 1870 when both courts merged into the Supreme Court of British Columbia, based in Victoria.

British Columbia. Supreme Court

Fee lists

  • GR-2188
  • Series
  • 1900-1910

List of fees to be paid for various court actions and documents (ca. 1900-1910).

British Columbia. County Court (Princeton)

H.P.P. Crease legal papers

Henry Pering Pellew Crease was born 20 August 1823 at Ince Castle, Cornwall, England, the son of Captain Henry Crease, R.N., and Mary Smith Crease. He graduated from Clare College, Cambridge on 29 April 1846 and on 21 May 1846 was admitted to the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple to study law. From June to September 1847 Crease resided in Smyrna (Izmir), Turkey under medical treatment for a pulmonary infection, then returned to complete his legal studies at the Inns of Court and was called to the degree of the Upper Bar on 8 June 1849. He proceeded to Toronto, Canada in the same year and while there joined an exploring expedition on Lake Superior with the purpose of surveying a proposed ship canal between Lake Huron and Lake Superior. He returned to England in 1851, where he continued to practice law as a conveyancing barrister and managed The Great United Wheal Vor Mines near Helston in Cornwall. On 27 April 1853, he married Sarah Lindley (daughter of Dr. John Lindley, a renowned British botanist and sister of Lord Nathaniel Lindley, a British judge of some merit who was eventually to become senior judge in Chancery, President of the Court of Appeal and finally Lord of Appeal in Ordinary with a life peerage). As a result of the commercial depression of 1857, Crease gave up his management of the Cornish mines and returned to Toronto in 1858, but continued on to Victoria. Here he became the first barrister qualified to practice in both Vancouver Island and British Columbia, when he was admitted and enrolled as a Barrister of Her Majesty's Supreme Court of Civil Justice of Vancouver's Island at Victoria by Chief Justice David Cameron and British Columbia by Judge Matthew Baillie Begbie on 18 December 1858. Crease sent for his wife and three daughters (Mary, Susan and Barbara) and they arrived from England in February 1860. On 2 March Crease took his seat in the House of Assembly (Second Parliament) as a member for Victoria District. He accepted the additional responsibility of Attorney General of the Colony of British Columbia on 14 October 1861, and subsequently resigned his seat in January 1862 when he moved to New Westminster. He was a member of the first legislative council of British Columbia, which sat on 21 January 1864, and he served on the Executive Council to Governor Frederick Seymour. From the unification of the two colonies in 1866 until his elevation to the Bench in 1870, Crease continued to serve as Attorney-General and member of the Legislative Council. The Crease family had resided in New Westminster from 1862 but at the end of November 1868 they returned to Victoria. During his years on the mainland, Crease also represented the Colonial Securities Company Limited (later the Canada Agency Association) of London and was also elected in 1868 as a Fellow of the Royal Colonial Institute. Crease was appointed a Puisne Judge on 13 May 1870. in addition to that responsibility, he served as Chairman of the Royal Commission for the Revision of Laws of B.C. preparatory to Confederation with Canada (1870), served with fellow justices Begbie and John Hamilton Cray on the Royal Commission inquiry into the acquisition of Texada lsland (1874), and chaired the Royal Commission for Consolidation of the B.C. Statutes (1877). Judge Crease retired from the bench on 21 January 1896. He died 27 November 1905. The collection of H.P.P. Crease's Legal Papers (contained in 14 transfer cases) consist of indentures, judgements, and other legal documents pertaining to Crease's career as lawyer and later as puisne judge. There is also a small amount of related correspondence.

Joseph Algernon Pearce collection

  • PR-2153
  • Fonds
  • 1821-1976

The collection consists of textual records, historical notes, newspaper clippings, and research notes. Included in the collection are miscellaneous records acquired from sources including the O'Reilly and Trutch families, Helmcken family, and the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The O'Reilly and Trutch records consist of family correspondence and records relating to Peter O'Reilly's career, particularly his work as the Commissioner of the Indian Reserve Commission. The Helmcken records include correspondence both made and received by John Sebastian Helmcken and James Douglas Helmcken, records relating to J.S. Helmcken's position in the colonial and provincial governments, and estate records. The Supreme Court records include correspondence of Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, trial records, affidavits, bankruptcy files, estate files and other miscellaneous records. There are also miscellaneous records relating to a number of other notable personalities including the Mesher and Pauline families, J.A. McTavish, J.W. Bushby, W.R. Higgins, David McKean, William Manson, and Josephine Crease. Also includes records of organizations including the Victoria Jockey Club. Research notes consist of information relating to a paper presented by Pearce at the British Columbia Historical Society on John Sebastian Helmcken.

Pearce, Joseph Algernon

Keane versus Cunningham record book

  • GR-0759
  • Series
  • 1916

Record book from Joseph Peter Keane vs. Clarence Cunningham Supreme Court Case, 1916.

British Columbia. Supreme Court

Oath of allegiance sworn by the Hon. W.A. Macdonald.

  • GR-0088
  • Series
  • 1913

Oath of allegiance to His Majesty, King George V, and an "oath to well and truly serve in the office of Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia..." sworn by the Hon. W.A. Macdonald.

British Columbia. Supreme Court

Record book

  • GR-0714
  • Series
  • 1861-1863

This series consists of one volume of a Colony of British Columbia Supreme Court of Civil Justice record book of cases heard at Yale, Lytton, Lillooet, Quesnel Forks, Antler Creek, Beaver Lake, Hope, Douglas, and New Westminster, from 1861-1863.

British Columbia (Colony). Supreme Court of Civil Justice

Record book

  • GR-0589
  • Series
  • 1884-1901

This series consists of a record book of cases heard at Savona's Ferry, Oct. 1884 - June 1885 and charge book from Ashcroft Gaol, Nov. 1884 - Sept. 1901.

British Columbia. Police Court (Savona's Ferry)

Rex versus Rose evidence

  • GR-0754
  • Series
  • 1902

This series consists of evidence from the Supreme Court of British Columbia case Rex vs. Rose, 1902.

British Columbia. Supreme Court

Supreme Court calendars

  • GR-0703
  • Series
  • 1917-1933; 1964-1969

This series consists of Supreme Court calendars, 1917-1933 (v.1), 1964-1966 (v.2), 1967-1969 (v.3).

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Supreme Court minute books

  • GR-1935
  • Series
  • 1912-1931

The series consists of five volumes of minute books of cases heard in the British Columbia Supreme Court before Mr. Justice Denis Murphy, 1912-1931.

British Columbia. Supreme Court

Supreme Court record book

  • GR-0715
  • Series
  • 1905-1907

This series consists of a Supreme Court record of cases heard at Vancouver, Nelson, Rossland, Greenwood, and Victoria, 1905-1907.

British Columbia. Supreme Court

Transcripts and other material in case of Regina v. Stroebel and Eyerly

  • GR-0606
  • Series
  • 1893

This series consists of records November 1893 New Westminster Supreme Court case Regina v. Stroebel and Eyerly. Records include inquest, information, depositions and transcripts of the trial of Albert Stroebel and Franklin Eyerly for the murder of John Marshall, Upper Sumas, April 1893. The series also includes minutes of evidence from Regina v. Albert Stroebel for the same murder at the Victoria Fall Assizes, December 1893.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (New Westminster)

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