Mr. DOHERTY moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 174, to amend the Juvenile Delinquents Act, 1908. He said:
This Eill contains but one clause. Its purpose is to provide for the appointment of a deputy judge of the Juvenile Delinquent Court. It permits the appointment of a deputy judge Iby the judge of the Juvenile Delinquent Court, with the approval of the attorney general of the province. The consideration that has led me to regard as desirable the enactment of this legislation is that it has been found, in the operation of this Juvenile Delinquent Court-which, as is well known, seeks to deal with children in a manner to bring about their correction rather than for the purpose of inflicting punishment-there are a great many small matters that to-day are within the jurisdiction of that court, and therefore cannot be decided in the absence of the judge. In many instances it is very desirable that these matters should be proceeded with without delay, and it has been thought that in a great many cases it would be quite a suitable arrangement that the clerk of the court, who is perfectly familiar with the routine proceedings, should have power to deal with such matters in the absence of the judge. It is for the purpose of creating a condition in which that may ibe done that this legislation is sought to be enacted. I may say that this Bill is introduced at the instance of Judge Choquette, of the Juvenile Court of Montreal, whose experience has led him to make the suggestion. As the appointment is to be by the judge suibject to the approval of the attorney general of the. province, I think we may rely on it that the power will not be used for the appointment of other than suitable persons. The clerk of the court I have referred to is Mr. Dawson, and it will be generally acknowledged that he is a very competent person indeed to perform the duties, and that he is one who has proven himself most earnest in the work of endeavouring to bring about the correction and improvement of errant and apparently incorrigible children.
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.