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Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-794

Benchbooks of Justice Joseph Sheard

About these records

Benchbooks of Justice Joseph Sheard
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

55 volumes of textual records (5 boxes)

Scope and Content

Series consists of benchbooks created by Mr. Justice Sheard while serving as a County Court judge (1977-1984), a District Court judge (1984-1989), and judge of the Ontario Court (General Division), later known as the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (1989-1997).

Benchbooks are handwritten trial notes taken by the judge while sitting on the bench in civil or criminal trials. Typically, they include place and date of trial, names of the parties, and the judge's precis of the evidence submitted by each witness. Usually they also include the verdict in the case.

Mr. Justice Sheard arranged his benchbooks in chronological order.

Restrictions on Access
Under an agreement with the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario, access is restricted to judges' benchbooks 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 a Reference Archivist.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright has been transferred to Archives of Ontario by the donor. 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
The benchbooks were donated to the Archives of Ontario by Mr. Justice Sheard in 2004.
Related Material

Series RG 22-795 contains written Judgments on a selection of cases heard by Mr. Justice Sheard.


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.

1977-1984 :

County and District Courts (BA39)

1984-1989 :

District Court (BA40)

1977-1989 :

Surrogate Courts (BA44)

1989-1997 :

Court of Justice (General Division) (BA58)

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