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Series S182 - Police Court court calendars

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Police Court court calendars

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  • 1889-1929 (Creation)
    Vancouver (B.C.). Police Court

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6 m of textual records

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Administrative history

Under the 1886 Act of Incorporation, City Council was given authority to establish a Police Court and to appoint a Police Magistrate. The Police Magistrate was given the powers and authority of a Stipendiary Magistrate of the Province, which empowered him to rule on minor breaches of federal and provincial statutes, issue summonses and warrants, conduct release hearings and preliminary hearings for cases destined for higher courts. The Mayor, in addition to his powers as ex-officio Justice of the Peace, was given exclusive jurisdiction to try all cases relating to the bylaws of the city. In 1898 an amendment to the City Charter removed the Mayor's jurisdiction in these cases. The jurisdiction and powers of the Police Court remained relatively unchanged until 1962 when the Magistrates Act replaced the Police Court with a Magistrate's Court; the Police Magistrate and Deputy Magistrates became Magistrates. The former Police Magistrate was to be the administrator of the City Courts. The City was no longer required to provide office space for the Magistrates Court, this responsibility being taken over by the Provincial Government. In 1969, the Magistrate's Court became a Provincial Court of B.C., ending the City's administrative responsibility for the court.

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Board of Police Commissioners fonds; Police Department fonds.

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Scope and content

Series consists of court calendars which list all cases tried in Vancouver Police Court, and indexes to the calendars. Information consists of the date of court appearance, the name of the accused, the charge, the plea, and the punishment. Volumes for the years 1889-1895 are arranged chronologically and are indexed by name of the accused. The indexes appear either within the calendars to which they pertain, or as individual volumes. As of May 20, 1929, calendars were created according to the nature of the offence - indictable or summary.

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Access to calendars less than 100 years old restricted. Please consult the archivist.
Restriction details: Calendars include the date of court appearance, the name of the accused, the charge, the plea and the punishment for all cases tried in the Vancouver Police Court. Access to records in this series less than 100 years old is restricted. Researchers must complete an "Agreement for Access to Restricted Records" form to be approved by an archivist in order to view records from this series.
Act reference: FOIPPA sec. 22(1), 22(3)(b)
Access form required: Yes

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series 184, 185, 193.

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