Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-494
241 volumes of textual records
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.
No accruals are expected.
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.
|Supreme Court (BA51)|
|Court of Justice (General Division) (BA58)|
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