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Colonial Cases

British Columbia

This site is based on records found through an invaluable website, Texts have been transcribed literally, without correcting spelling or printing errors. Transcriptions are from the British Columbian.

In its initial stages, this site will concentrate on the decisions of Begbie J. We begin with Anonymous, 1861, which is an important examination of the reception of English law in a new society. Unfortunately, the British Columbian gives plenty of evidence of the activities of the Supreme Court, but very little indeed about the decisions made there. Most of the references to the court are formal notices.

For a Fort Yale Grand Jury's recommendations to Begbie J., including the prevention of maltreatment of indigenous graves, see British Columbian, 11 April 1861, p. 2.

Bruce Kercher


Published by Centre for Comparative Law, History and Governance at Macquarie Law School