April 16, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)

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The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR.

The chief difficulty is that the judges are very much overworked and pressure has been brought on the government to appoint additional judges. As is the case in all new districts, a large amount of litigation has accumulated, which in all probability will be pretty well thinned out in a year or two. and the government have hesitated about, increasing the number of judges, because once the number is increased it is practically impossible to reduce it. Then, except in summer there is practically no communication between White Horse and Dawson City. Dux'ing the long winter the only communication is over the ice, and the expense of sending a judge and the necessary paraphernalia from Dawson to White Horse, besides the exposure to the weather, presents a great obstacle to holding a circuit court. The idea of the Minister of Justice was to appoint a police magistrate at White Horse who would have this jurisdiction, but the police magistrate at Dawson at least after the first short while, would only have criminal jurisdiction and civil jurisdiction in trifling cases.

Topic:   YUKON TERRITORY ACT AMENDMENT.
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