September 13, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)

CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOHERTY:

It is the introduction of a new system in the making of those

reports. It arises out of the following circumstances. The present Mr. Justice Au-dette, assistant judge of the Exchequer Court, was, previous to his appointment, registrar of the court, and at that time Mr. Morse was the reporter. When Mr. Justice Audette was appointed to his present position, Mr. Morse was appointed to the position of registrar, and it was then believed it would be possible for him to combine the official performance of the two duties of reporter and registrar. However, the work of the court has very considerably increased, and in recent months it has been found that it is not possible, consistently with the proper performance of Mr. Morse's duties as registrar, that he should attend to the reporting of the cases. Members of the profession will understand the importance of promptitude in the turning out of these reports. As a result of existing conditions, the reports are actually six months behind. In taking up the question of what would be the most economipal method of providing for a proper system of reporting, it was found that we could make this arrangement with the publisher, under which, for $2,000 a year, he would undertake the full work of the reporting.

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