Series GR-3740 - Prince George Supreme Court divorce cause books and case record cards

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Prince George Supreme Court divorce cause books and case record cards

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  • 1961-1984 (Creation)

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5 volumes and 27 cm textual records

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The British Columbia government established a Supreme Court registry at Fort George (the Fort George Registry, Cariboo Judicial District), effective September 1, 1914. It was approved and ordered by Order-in-Council # 0914-1914, dated July 17, 1914. The date of the establishment of the South Fort George registry of the County Court has not yet been confirmed by BC Archives staff (as of March 2016).

The City of Prince George was incorporated on March 6, 1915.

Effective December 15, 1923, the new Prince George Supreme Court Registry (Cariboo Judicial District) was established and the registries at Fort George and South Fort George were closed.

By OIC 0027-1924, the appointment of the District Registrar for the Supreme Court, Fort George Registry (George Milburn) was rescinded; Milburn was at the same time appointed District Registrar for the new Prince George Registry. (Source: OIC 0027-1924; and notice given January 8, 1924 by the Attorney-Generals’ Department, in BC Gazette, January 10, 1924, p. 51).

The office of the District Registrar of the Supreme Court at South Fort George was also closed effective December 15, 1923. At that time, all books, documents, records, registrations and instruments filed in the closed registry were transferred to the office of the Registrar of the newly-created Prince George Registry of the Supreme Court. (Source: Attorney-General Department’s notice dated January 11, 1924, British Columbia Gazette 1924, p. 98).

Currently (to March 31, 2016) the Prince George Registry of the Supreme Court continues as an active registry.

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The series consists of cause books and case record cards for divorces in the Prince George Supreme Court between 1961 and 1984. The cause books and case cards can be used to find a volume and folio number, which can then be used to obtain a copy of the final divorce order. Cause books and case record cards often provide the only remaining evidence of a case if it was abandoned or dismissed, and no order was issued.

Cause books were used by the courts until approximately the mid 1970s. After this time, case cards were used until the courts turned to digital systems in the 1990s. Cause book and case card entries typically include the date of filing, the date and place of marriage, the names of the parties and their solicitors, and an account of the case proceedings. Entries in the cause book and case record cards are arranged chronologically by filing date.

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Records were transferred from the Prince George registry in March 2000.


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For indexes for the period 1968-1983, please see GR-3741. For divorce orders from 1965-1989, please see accession 83-1035.

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Accession number(s) : 83-1593

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