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Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-494

Benchbooks of Justice John G.J. O'Driscoll

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Benchbooks of Justice John G.J. O'Driscoll
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

241 volumes of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of benchbooks of Justice O'Driscoll, the bulk of which contain his handwritten notes taken during the hearing of civil and criminal court cases, including assizes, in the Supreme Court of Ontario and its successor courts.

The benchbooks detail evidence given by witnesses during trials. In some cases, other aspects, such as the jury selection process and the judgment (civil) or verdict and sentence (criminal), are documented as well. Series also includes similar but distinct benchbooks for Justice O'Driscoll's sessions of divisional and weekly (motions) court, the latter in Toronto and London.

Justice O'Driscoll arranged his benchbooks chronologically according to the type of court, dating each volume on the cover and occasionally the spine as well. Particular volumes sometimes include notes entered up to several months later than the stated end dates in cases where Justice O'Driscoll has included subsequent pertinent matters, e.g. the launch of an appeal. Some benchbook volumes, mostly from the earlier period, include alphabetical indices of the cases they contain. Justice O'Driscoll occasionally placed or affixed related newspaper clippings and other documents in his benchbooks.

Restrictions on Access
Access is restricted for 75 years after the date of creation. Access will be granted to these materials only by permission of the Archives of Ontario under a research agreement covering the anonymization of private information. For more information about research agreements, please contact the Information and Privacy Unit.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright is primarily held by the Crown. There are no restrictions on reproduction. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
John G.J. O'Driscoll donated the books to the Archives of Ontario in October 2006.

No accruals are expected.

Finding Aid
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Agency or agencies that created these records

These records were created by the following Ontario government agency or agencies. Click on the agency reference code for information about this agency and other records it created.

1972-1989 :

Supreme Court (BA51)

1989-2006 :

Court of Justice (General Division) (BA58)

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