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Court Documents

Series consists of the Augustus Pemberton and Inferior Court of Civil Justice sub-series. The series is comprised of two-hundred and fifty case files containing a total of seven hundred and twenty-three documents from 1858 to 1891. This collection...

Inferior Court of Civil Justice

In response to a growing number of petty claims in Victoria in the newly established colony of Vancouver‟s Island, Governor James Douglas established the Inferior Court of Civil Justice (later changed to the Supreme Court of Civil Justice in 1860)...

Newfelder v. Selleck and Rothwell

File contains: Bill of Complaint. The Plaintiff and the Defendants had formed a co-partnership in the city of San Francisco for the purpose of buying and selling grain and flour and other merchandise under the firm name of Russell and Co., which t...

Supreme Court of Civil Justice

The Supreme Court of Civil Justice was originally established as the Inferior Court of Civil Justice in 1857 by Governor James Douglas to deal with the increasing number of petty claims in Victoria. The court was renamed in 1860. Series consists o...

Riviere v. Benoist

File contains: Deposition of Benoist; Bail Bond and Affidavit of J.D. Carroll; Bail Bond and Affidavit of Kaindler; invoice for interpreter services; Interrogatories; (2) Abstract; Appearance and Defense; Affidavit of Rivier; Judge's Order. T...

Eyck and Nelson v. Godwin and Others

File contains: Affidavit of J.D. Potter; Deposition of H.B. Morse; Notice of Trial; and Abstract. Plaintiffs are suing for 1,000 pounds from the Defendants on the amount of damage sustained by the Plaintiffs by reason of the Defendants unlawfully,...

Proclamation. By His Excellency, James Douglas, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Her majesty’s Colony of Vancouver’s Island and its Dependencies. Whereas, Her Majesty has been pleased, by an Instrument made under Her sign Manual, to revoke the Crown Grant dated the 30th day of May, …

BRITISH COLUMBIA. V. [coat of arms A] R. PROCLAMATION. BY HIS EXCELLENCY, JAMES DOUGLAS, GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF HER MAJESTY’S COLONY OF VANCOUVER’S ISLAND AND ITS DEPENDENCIES. ... GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND SEAL AT VICTORIA, VANCOUVER’S ...

Proclamation. By His Excellency, James Douglas, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of British Columbia, having the force of Law, to authorize the levying of Custom Duties upon Goods imported into British Columbia. Whereas, it is expedient to provide ways and means to enable Her Majesty to defray the Public Expenses of the Colony of British Columbia,…

BRITISH COLUMBIA. V. [coat of arms type A] R. PROCLAMATION. BY HIS EXCELLENCY, JAMES DOUGLAS, GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, HAVING THE FORCE OF LAW, TO AUTHORIZE THE LEVYING OF CUSTOMS DUTIES UPON GOODS IMPORTED INTO BRITISH...

John Keenlyside Legal Research Collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1300
  • Fonds
  • 1858-1900, 1923-1950.

The fonds consists of legal documents collected by John Keenlyside over the last thirty five years. The documents give insight into the formation of British Columbia's legal system when it consisted of two colonies. The legal records (includi...

Keenlyside, John S.

Ghirardelli v. Selleck and Rothwell

File contains: Original Writ of Summons. Ghirardelli complains that the Defendants are indebted to him in the sum of 203 pounds, 2 shillings and 6 pence for debt and costs regarding a piece of property of the Plaintiffs' that had been used by...

Haskell v. Sharron and Hart

File contains: Injunction; Petition of C. Kerr; Affidavit of C. Kerr; Affidavit of H. Reynolds; (2) Order; and Bill of Complaint. The defendants are charged with wrongfully and fraudulently appropriating certain property, goods and chattels of the...

Proclamation. By His Excellency, James Douglas, Governor of Vancouver Island and its dependencies. Commander-in-Chief, and Vice-Admiral of the same, &c. Whereas, it has been made to appear to me that certain persons in Victoria and elsewhere have attempted to delude the public…

BRITISH COLUMBIA. V. [coat of arms A] R. PROCLAMATION. BY HIS EXCELLENCY, JAMES DOUGLAS, GOVERNOR OF VANCOVER’S ISLAND AND ITS DEPENDENCIES, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF AND VICE-ADMIRAL OF THE SAME, &C. ... GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND SEAL, AT FORT YALE, T...

Proclamation. By His Excellency James Douglas, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of her Majesty’s Colony of British Columbia and its Dependencies. Proclamation, having the Force of Law to declare that English Law is in force in British Columbia. Whereas, by an Act of Parliament passed in the Session held in the 21st and 22nd years of her Majesty Queen Victoria, it was enacted that the Territories therein described…

V. [coat of arms A] R. PROCLAMATION. BY HIS EXCELLENCY JAMES DOUGLAS, GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF HER MAJESTY’S COLONY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ITS DEPENDENCIES. PROCLAMATION, HAVING THE FORCE OF LAW TO DECLARE THAT ENGLISH LAW IS IN FORCE I...

Duncan v. Selleck and Rothwell

File contains: Appearance and Defense; Original Writ. Plaintiff claims that the Defendants are indebted to him for 70 pounds, 12 shillings and 6 pence as the balance due on some lumber sold and delivered to them at their request.

Fensier v. Davidson

File contains: Affidavit of L. Fensier; Affidavit of A. DeCosmos; Order of Court; Affidavit of Service; Writ ofSummons. The Defendant is indebted to the Plaintiff for the sum of 66 pounds, 13 shillings and four pence on an unpaid promissory note a...

Rowland v. Begin

File contains: Writ of Summons; Motion of Defendant; Affidavit of Defendant. Begin was arrested and held to bail in the above titled cause as a result of an Affidavit of Mr. W. Atkinson which stated that he believed that the Defendant was about to...

Proclamation. By His Excellency, James Douglas, Governor of Vancouver Island and its dependencies. Commander-in-Chief, and Vice-Admiral of the same, &c., &c. Whereas, it has been represented to me that Spirituous and other intoxicating liquors, have been sold to the Native Indians of Fraser River…

BRITISH COLUMBIA. V. [coat of arms type A, later state] R. PROCLAMATION. By His Excellency, JAMES DOUGLAS, Governor Of Vancouver Island and its Dependencies, Commander-In-Chief, and Vice-Admiral of the same, &c., &c. WHEREAS, it has been r...

Proclamation. By His Excellency James Douglas, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Her Majesty’s Colony of British Columbia and its Dependencies. Proclamation, having the Force of Law to declare that English Law is in force in British Columbia. Whereas, by an Act of Parliament passed in the Session held in the 21st and 22nd years of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, it was enacted that the territories therein…

BRITISH COLUMBIA. V. [coat of arms A] R. PROCLAMATION BY HIS EXCELLENCY, JAMES DOUGLAS, GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF HER MAJESTY’S COLONY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ITS DEPENDENCIES. WHEREAS [an Act of Parliament was passed to provide for the g...

Proclamation. By His Excellency James Douglas, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Her Majesty’s Colony of British Columbia and its Dependencies. Proclamation having the Force of Law to Indemnify the Governor and other Officers for Acts done before the Establishment of any Legitimate Authority in British Columbia. Whereas, large number of Her Majesty’s subjects and others, have resorted to and settled on the territory now…

V. [coat of arms A] R. PROCLAMATION. BY HIS EXCELLENCY JAMES DOUGLAS, GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF HER MAJESTY’S COLONY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ITS DEPENDENCIES. PROCLAMATION HAVING THE FORCE OF LAW TO INDEMNIFY THE GOVERNOR AND OTHER OFFICE...

Order of Court. Whereas, by a Proclamation under the Public Seal of the said Colony, issued at Victoria, V. I., the 24th day of December, I, Matthew Bailee Begbie, Judge in the said Court, am authorised, while resident in Victoria, Vancouver Island, to make general Rules and Orders of Court in the same manner and of the same force and validity as if I were resident in British Columbia; …

[Coat of arms A] COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. ORDER OF COURT. WHEREAS, BY A PROCLAMATION UNDER THE PUBLIC SEAL OF THE SAID COLONY, ISSUED AT VICTORIA, V.1., THE DAY OF DECEMBER, I, MATTHEW BAILLIE BEGBIE, JUDGE IN THE SAID COURT, AM AUTHORISED, WHIL...

Trotters v. Johnson

File contains: Affidavit of Johnson. The plaintiff had obtained a confession form the Defendant for the sum of 229 pounds, 3 shillings and 4 pence debt and damages. Defendant now states that at the time of his confession he did so ignorantly and w...

Stours v. Trounce

Invoice of Goods Sold; (2) Receipt for $20; Receipt for $50; Receipt for $275; Receipt for cigars, $61; Memorandum Agreement; Affidavit of T. Trounce; and Appointment of C. Verheyden. Case is regarding the settlement of the estate of A. Kaindler.

Proclamation. By His Excellency, James Douglas, Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Governor of British Columbia. Whereas, under and by virtue of an Act of Parliament made and passed in the session of Parliament held in the 21st and 22nd years of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, intituled “An Act to provide for the Government of British Columbia,”…

BRITISH COLUMBIA. V. [Coat of arms A] R. PROCLAMATION. BY HIS EXCELLENCY JAMES DOUGLAS, COMPANION OF THE MOST HONORABLE ORDER OF THE BATH, GOVERNOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. ... ISSUED UNDER THE PUBLIC SEAL OF THE SAID COLONY, AT VICTORIA, THIS 5TK DAY...

Proclamation. By His Excellency, James Douglas, Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of British Columbia. Proclamation having the force of Law in Her majesty’s Colony of British Columbia. Whereas, under and by virtue of an Act of Parliament made and passed in the session of Parliament held in the 21st and 22nd years of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria,…

V. [Coat of arms A] R. BRITISH COLUMBIA. PROCLAMATION. BY HIS EXCELLENCY, JAMES DOUGLAS, COMPANION OF THE MOST HONORABLE ORDER OF THE BATH, GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. ... ISSUED UNDER THE PUBLIC SEAL OF THE SAID COLONY, A...

Proclamation. By His Excellency James Douglas, Governor of British Columbia. Proclamation having the force of Law in Her Majesty’s Colony of British Columbia. Whereas, under and by virtue of an Act of Parliament held in 21st and 22nd years of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, intituled “An Act to provide for the Government of British Columbia,” and by a Commission under the Great Seal of the United Kingdom…

BRITISH COLUMBIA. V. [coat of arms A] R. PROCLAMATION. BY HIS EXCELLENCY, JAMES DOUGLAS, GOVERNOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. PROCLAMATION HAVING THE FORCE OF LAW IN HER MAJESTY’S COLONY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. ... ISSUED UNDER THE PUBLIC SEAL OF THE SAID C...

An Act to make provision for the Registration of Voters, and for other purposes relating thereto. Whereas it is expedient to declare and amend the regulations to be used in the Registration of Voters, Therefore Be it enacted by the Governor, on Her Majesty’s behalf,…

[coat of arms — wide] VANCOUVER ISLAND COLONY. AN ACT TO MAKE PROVISION FOR THE REGISTRATION OF VOTERS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES RELATING THERETO. ... PASSED THE ROUSE OF ASSEMBLY, OCT. 7TH 1859, JOSEPH PORTER, CLERK OF THE ROUSE.

An Act to amend the Law relating to the representation of Vancouver Island and its dependencies. Whereas, it is expedient to amend the Law relating to the Representation of Vancouver Island and its dependencies. Be it enacted, by the Governor, on Her Majesty’s behalf, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council and Assembly, as follows:- …

V. [Coat of arms A] R. VANCOUVER ISLAND COLONY. AN ACT TO AMEND THE LAW RELATING TO THE REPRESENTATION OF VANCOUVER ISLAND AND ITS DEPENDENCIES. … QUALIFICATION OF VOTERS. 1. EVERY MALE BRITISH COLUMBIA SUBJECT OF FULL AGE, WHO SHALL HAVE RESIDED ...

McDonald v. Franklin

File contains: Answers; Petition to Take Testimony. The defendant signed a contract from which it appeared that he had agreed to purchase lots #600 and #601 for an amount of money. The two parties became involved in a dispute over the actual amount.

Wolf v. Spears and Little

File contains: Order to Sheriff; Pleas of Not Guilty and Not Possessed; Deposition of W. Gilbert; Deposition of S. Manson. The defendants are charged with taking and unjustly detaining 24,000 feet of assorted lumber from the Plaintiff.

Proclamation. By His Excellency James Douglas, Governor of British Columbia. Proclamation having the force of Law in Her Majesty’s Colony of British Columbia. Whereas, under and by virtue of an Act of Parliament made and passed in the session of Parliament held in the 21st and 22nd years of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, intituled “An Act to provide for the…

[Coat of arms A] PROCLAMATION. BY HIS EXCELLENCY JAMES DOUGLAS, GOVERNOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. PROCLAMATION HAVING THE FORCE OF LAW IN HER MAJESTY’S COLONY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. ... ISSUED UNDER THE PUBLIC SEAL OF THE SAID COLONY, AT VICTORIA, VANCO...

Proclamation. By His Excellency, James Douglas, Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of British Columbia. Proclamation having the force of Law in Her Majesty’s Colony of British Columbia. Whereas, under and by virtue of an Act of Parliament made and passed in the session of Parliament held in the 21st and 22nd years of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, …

V. [Coat of arms A] R. BRITISH COLUMBIA. PROCLAMATION. BY HIS EXCELLENCY, JAMES DOUGLAS, COMPANION OF THE MOST HONORABLE ORDER OF BATH, GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. PROCLAMATION HAVING THE FORCE OF LAW IN HER MAJESTY’S COLO...

Proclamation. By His Excellency James Douglas, Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of British Columbia, Vice Admiral of the same, &c. Whereas, Her Majesty the Queen has been graciously pleased to decide that the Capital of British Columbia shall be styled the City of New Westminster; …

BRITISH COLUMBIA. V. [coat of arms A] R. PROCLAMATION. BY HIS EXCELLENCY, JAMES DOUGLAS, COMPANION OF THE MOST HONORABLE ORDER OF BATH, GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN CHIEF OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, VICE ADMIRAL OF THE SAME &C. WHEREAS, HER MAJESTY THE ...

Rules and Regulation for the Working of Gold Mines. Issued in conformity with the Gold Fields Act, 1859. Whereas, it is provided by the Gold Fields Act, 1859, that the Governor, for the time being, of British Columbia, may, by writing under his hand and the Public Seal of the Colony, make Rules and Regulations in the nature of by-laws, for all matters relating to Mining. …

[Royal coat of arms A] RULES AND REGULATIONS/ FOR THE! WORKING OF GOLD MINES. [thin double rule] ISSUED IN CONFORMITY WITH THE GOLD FIELDS ACT, 1859.[thin double rule] ISSUED UNDER THE PUBLIC SEAL OF THE COLONY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, AT VICTORIA, VA...

Vancouver Island Colony. An Act to remove Doubts as to the Interest of Money in the Colony of Vancouver Island, and its dependencies. Whereas, doubts have arisen as to the legal rate of interest in the Colony, since the abolition of the Usury Laws in England, …

[Coat of arms A] VANCOUVER ISLAND COLONY. AN ACT TO REMOVE DOUBTS AS TO THE INTEREST OF MONEY IN THE COLONY OF VANCOUVER ISLAND, AND ITS DEPENDENCIES. PASSED THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, OCTOBER 29, 1859. JOSEPH PORTER, CLERK OF THE HOUSE.

Proclamation. By His Excellency, James Douglas, Companion of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of British Columbia, Vice Admiral of the same, &c., &c. Whereas, under and by virtue of an Act of Parliament made and passed in the session of Parliament held in the 21st and 22nd years of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria,…

BRITISH COLUMBIA. V. [Coat of arms A] R. PROCLAMATION. BY HIS EXCELLENCY, JAMES DOUGLAS, COMPANION OF THE MOST HONORABLE ORDER OF THE BATH, GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, VICE-ADMIRAL OF THE SAME, &C., &C. ... 10. THI...

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