Supreme Court in Queens County fonds

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Supreme Court in Queens County fonds

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  • 1818-1956 (Creation)
    Nova Scotia. Supreme Court (Queens County)

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30 cm of textual records

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In 1774, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia's circuit system was established by an act of the legislature. In this system, judges travelled to outlying areas to hold court. By 1834 the initial requirement to have cases heard in the presence of two or more judges was removed and a single judge hearing cases on circuit was invested with the full powers and jurisdiction of the court in Halifax. The supreme court circuit in Queens County (sitting at Liverpool) was established by statute in 1816.

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Records were donated by Robert Brogan.

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Fonds consists of judgements books (1837-1843, 1860-1922, 1936-1967) which include indexes and were used to record names of parties involved, date of judgement, amount of damages and/or costs awarded and occasionally a summary of proceedings including a list of witnesses; one docket book (1859-1882); and jury books used to record lists of persons sitting on grand and petit juries. Fonds also contains high sheriff's attachment registers (1905-1949) which record the issuance of writs of final process or the enforcement of the sentence in a judicial proceedings, names of parties, amount, writ number, court, attorney, date and nature of return, and fees; sheriff's letter book (1900-1903); and accounts of monthly returns to government. Judgement book 'A', kept by prothonotary and county clerk, John Edgar, contains some entries for county court.

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95.72., 95.76

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