April 29, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


Robert Franklin Sutherland



It is hardly fair, it seems to me, in discussing the work that is being done by the county court judges, simply to point out that it is only a few cases which they actually try in the county court, because that is but a trifling part of the work they do. The jurisdiction which they have in the division court enables them to try an immense number of cases in that court. In addition to that in their capacity of local judges of the High Court, they bave a large number of motions in the High Court to dispose of in chambers. In addition to that they have interim criminal sessions work, they have appeals from Courts of Revision, they have drainage assessment appeals and all that class of work ; and I am bound to say, speaking of the county in which I live, that the judges of the county court have a great deal of work to do. Over and above that we know that just at the present time there is an agitation going on in the province of Ontario to give increased jurisdiction to the county court, which will bring under their work a class of cases which do not now belong to it. and which at present are being tried by judges of the High Court on circuit. So I

think that not only can no charge be made against them that they are not doing sufficient work, but I believe they are not getting, in many cases, sufficient pay for the work they are doing ; and this is particularly applicable to the junior judges of the county court who are doing in many counties a large part of the work, and are not getting, in my judgment, adequate pay.

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