The matter I wish to refer to has no reference to the statement made by the hon. Minster of Justice. I think the hon. gentleman has made a satisfactory statement. I hope that this revision will be completed at as early a date as the hon. minister says it will be completed. Perhaps, if any mistake has been made at alT in regard to this matter, it has been in the fact that the government have allowed sixteen years to pass without having a revision. It may be all rigiht for lawyers who keep their statutes indexed regularly, but for the ordinary justice of the peace or layman who has occasion to refer to the statutes it is absolutely impossible to get anything out of the old" consolidated statutes or to know what tlie law of the 1-aqd is. But that is not the question I wish to refer to. I want to refer to the indexing of the statutes. Whatever the hon. Minister of Justice thinks of it, I desire to tell him that I regard the index as absolutely useless to the ordinary man and 1 believe it is next to useless to *the members of the profession.
I wanted to find the Inspection Act in this volume to-night, and I had to give it up. The index is distributed all over the statutes, one part here, another part there, and sometimes not there at all. To any one not in the legal profession the index is absolutely useless and even to the legal profession I believe the index is unsatisfactory. I trust that the index of the revised statutes will be in simpler form^so that we can make some use of it. I have bc-en told that the index to the Ontario statutes is far superior to the index to our Dominion statuses. I am referring now specially to the Acts of each session; I -had occasion recently to search for a particular Act and I was unable to find it. I showed it to a good lawyer in the House and he succeeded in finding it after some trouble, but he too complained that the index was most unsatisfactory. The Minister of Justice is so familiar with statutes that I have no doubt that what is easy to him is very difficult to ns, but nevertheless I have the idea that he will say that in his judgment the index could be vastly improved. I trust he will make a suggestion to that effect in the proper quarter.
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