June 4, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)


The Bill which it is proposed to found upon this resolution is rendered necessary, so far as its first two dispositions are concerned, by recent legislation of the provinces of Saskatchewan and Ontario. The legislature of the province of Saskatchewan has made provision for an additional judge of the Supreme Court of that province, and in compliance with that legislation it is necessary that we should amend our Judges Act. A couple of years ago the legislature of Saskatchewan remodelled the judicial system of the province 5 -p.m. by constituting two courts, a Court of Appeals and a Supreme Court. If that legislation, which was to have come into force by proclamation, had Ibeen made effective, the appointment of four additional judges would have been neces-

sary. The provincial authorities, however, seemed to have altered their view, and have recently legislated providing for this additional judge of the Supreme Court. The additional county court judge in the province of Ontario is in the Timiskaming district, a new and growing district where the business, has been increasing to such an extent that it has 'been found necessary to make provision for a junior judge.

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