Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes case files

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Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes case files

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  • 1759-1963 (Creation)

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50.2 m of textual records

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Series forms part of Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax County fonds and consists of case files generated through divorce actions heard before the Court in Halifax and throughout the province. Although the specific content of case files varies over time and according to the individual circumstances they may include: petitions outlining the cause of action; notifications of service and the citations served; affidavits of appearance or non-appearance; subpoena compelling witnesses to appear and give evidence; transcripts of evidence given; documents recording the marriage sought to be dissolved; decisions and decrees issued through the court; and documents concerning issues of spousal or child maintenance and support. Files subsequent to 1901 are arranged using numbers assigned by the court Registrar upon receipt of a petition initiating the cause. Earlier files are arranged alphabetically by year.

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Cause books maintained by the court Registrar are available and record the dispositions of all causes heard by the court.

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