Fonds - Enderby Magistrate fonds

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Enderby Magistrate fonds

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  • 1962-1969 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Enderby Magistrate

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6 cm of textual records

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Percy Farmer was appointed Police Magistrate for Enderby in 1946 by the Attorney General of British Columbia. He was given the powers and authority of a Stipendiary Magistrate of the Province to rule on minor breaches of city and provincial statutes, issue summonses and warrants and fines, and conduct preliminary hearings. In 1962 the provincial Magistrate's Act replaced the Police Court with a Magistrate's Court. Magistrate Percy Farmer heard his last case on Ocober 22, 1969, shortly after the Magistrate's Court was changed to Provincial Court. His position was not replaced.

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Records were donated to the Vernon Museum. When the Enderby Museum opened in 1988, Pat Farmer, Percy Farmer's son, requested they be transferred to the Enderby Museum.

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Fonds consists of a court case record book (1962-1969) kept by Percy Farmer, with entries for all cases brought before the magistrate. It details the name of the defendant, the statute violated, the plea, the judgement, and the fines imposed or paid. Fonds also includes summaries of convictions (1969), provincial correspondence, pre-sentence reports from the Provincial Probation Service (1969), court orders from the Department of Social Welfare (1965-1969), a court testimony (1968), and notes kept by the Magistrate concerning several cases.

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Records in this fonds contain sensitive personal information and are therefore covered by Provincial Freedom of Information, Protection of Privacy Legislation. Access is restricted. Access shall be provided on a case by case basis, following a careful evaluation by the archivist for compliance with provincial statute law.

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BCAUL control number: EDM-3722

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