Not the appointment, but the procedure. Every move then must be subject to the direction of the court. You cannot do anything without the consent of the court. You cannot accept the trustee's estimate of the value of the estate without the consent of the court. If a man
in Nova Scotia seeks to be appointed as a trustee, somebody makes a motion before a judge of the Supreme Court of that province. The judge can familiarize himself with the conditions of the case in a very short time, and the applicant will be appointed largely as a result of the court's investigation into his character. The Secretary of State has to deal with the whole of Canada and is not in a position so readily to ascertain the qualifications of the applicant, and in that way he can be more easily imposed upon. He has to consult someone perhaps two thousand miles away as to the character of the person making the application. The advantage in this respect is decidedly with the English practice the matter could be settled ment by the court. A man in Sydney would have to communicate with Ottawa, nearly 2,000 miles away, whereas if we followed the English practice the matter could be settled cn the spot. Seven times in the year we have judges sitting in Sydney. Altogether I think that instead of expediting matters you are only creating much more clumsy, expensive and inoperative machinery.