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District Number Six (Guysborough County) docket book

Series forms part of Nova Scotia County Courts fonds and consists of a docket book (also called cause book) which gives a schedule or calendar of causes for hearing or trial in St. Mary's, N.S. and Guysborough, N.S. Each case was assigned a file number. Action and proceedings taken were recorded and the attending lawyers were named.

District Number Six (Inverness County) case files

Series forms part of Nova Scotia County Courts fonds and consists of case files for causes heard in Port Hood, N.S. Case files contain summonses, subpoenas, affidavits, depositions, briefs, exhibits (documentary evidence), pleadings, informations, indictments, motions for appeal, orders, decisions, verdicts, and transcripts of testimony. The amount and type of records varies in each file. Series is arranged by an alphanumeric system.

District Number Seven (Richmond County) judgment books

Series forms part of Nova Scotia County Courts fonds and consists of judgment books that provide decisions and the amount of damages allowed in civil actions heard in Arichat, N.S. Books also provide a nominal index to plaintiff and defendant, the year and term in which judgment was rendered, and the case file number. Judgment books can be used as a contemporary finding aid to the case files.

The County Court Judge's Criminal Court of District Number One (Halifax County) evidence books

Series forms part of Nova Scotia County Courts fonds and consists of evidence books for criminal cases heard by the court. Books contain the judges' notes giving a summary of the proceedings and testimony heard. The notes provide the date, name of person charged, the charge, plea, evidence given, bail information, case disposition and sentence. Notes were created primarily by: Judges Johnston, (1890-1900); Savary (1900); and Wallace, (1901-1926). Judge Wallace sometimes recorded his notes in shorthand.

District Number Four (Hants County) naturalization and citizenship case files

Series forms part of Nova Scotia County Courts fonds and consists of case files relating to applications for naturalization or citizenship heard in Windsor, Hants County. Under the federal Naturalization Act of 1914 the County Court or the Supreme Court in local session was empowered to determine if applicants for naturalization were qualified under the Act. The procedure under the statute was that the when the application was received it would be posted by the Court in a public place. After three months the Court would determine if the alien applicant met the criteria for naturalization and entertain any objections. Upon a positive determination the application would be sent to the Secretary of State for Canada who in general would accept the decision of the court. The certificate of naturalization would then be issued in duplicate with one copy to the now naturalized Canadian and one to be filed in the Court. Additionally form 1915 to 1951 lists of naturalized Canadians were published in the Canada Gazette and can now be found through the Library and Archives Canada website. Files provide information about the applicants' domicile, means of arrival, occupation, date and place of birth, and names of parents, spouse, and children. More recent files contain more detailed information. In addition to the files there is a ledger indexing them and recording court dates and disposition of applications. The index provides personal information about the applicant and also includes some copies of applications. In these case files the distinction between naturalization and citizenship relates to the period in which the application was addressed.

District Number Four (Hants County) inquest records

Series forms part of Nova Scotia County Courts fonds and consists of case files, generated under the Fatality Inquires Act or the earlier Coroners' Act, that contain reports by the Coroner or Medical Examiner outlining the cause and circumstances or deaths in instances where violence or negligence is suspected, the death occurred in prison or jail, or if the place and circumstances of death required explanation. Files provide the name of the deceased and describe events surrounding death as recorded from inquiries by the medical examiner or coroner. The files may contain the records of inquests and the findings of the Coroner's Jury as well as evidence presented to the jury which for more recent deaths might include photographic evidence. Under the legislation the Coroner or Medical Examiner was required to file a report and evidence with the Clerk of the Crown in the local jurisdiction. In this instance the files were maintained as a separate series of County Court case files at the courthouse in Windsor, N.S.

Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax County fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1750-1969

Fonds consists of: Series - Case files, Series - Judgment books, Series - Jury lists and venires, Series - Jury books, Series - Process books, Series - Writs of mesne process registers, Series - Foreclosure sales of property and goods books, Series - Executions and attachments registers, Series - Judges' notes and other material, Series - Docket books, Series - Index books, Series - Minute books, Series - Proceedings books, Series - Chambers books, Series - Chambers summons book, Series - Lawyers' court costs record books, Series - Fees charged and received registers, Series - Registers, Series - Warrants of attorney register, Series - Equity chambers books, Series - Court of Commissioners Summary Trial writs of execution, Series - Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes case files, Series - Divorce cause books

Nova Scotia. Supreme Court

Jury books

Series forms part of Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax County fonds and consists of jury books that provide lists of grand, petit, and special jurors who served. Books provide case number, juror's name, occupation, place of residence, and date served. Books are arranged alphabetically by jurors names.

Judges' notes and other material

Series forms part of Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax County fonds and consists of judges' notes and notebooks relating to proceedings. Notes and books provide date, parties' names, presiding judge, brief description of proceedings, and comments and opinions relating to the case. Series also includes judges' returns on convictions, correspondence, news clippings, reports, decisions, evidence taken, and a minute book of meetings of judges of the Supreme Court (1892-1933).

Index books

Series forms part of Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax County fonds and consists of indexes of cases, with references to praecipe books, minute books, and judgment books. Series is arranged alphabetically by plaintiff.

Proceedings books

Series forms part of Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax County fonds and consists of proceedings books that provide the case name, date, and brief notes on court proceedings. Volume 117 provides proceedings of criminal cases only and includes some copies of Commissions of Officers of the Court, with a scale of fees for various officials (1782-1785).

Chambers books

Series forms part of Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax County fonds and consists of chambers books that provide date, time, judge, parties names, brief description of case proceedings, and final judgment. Series is arranged chronologically.

Fees charged and received registers

Series forms part of Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax County fonds and consists of registers that provide actions taken in cases, the fees charged for each action, and the lawyer's name. Many entries, that were presumably settled, are crossed out and difficult to decipher. Series also includes a petty cash book for the court (1875-1876) and an accounts receivable ledger (1892-1896).

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