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Ontario Government Record Series RG 22-802

Judgments of Allan McNiece Austin

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Judgments of Allan McNiece Austin
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

1.2 metres of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of Judgments, Reasons for Judgment, Supplementary Reasons, Oral Judgments, Endorsements, and related correspondence and notes created and accumulated by Mr. Justice Austin during the course of his tenure with the Ontario High Court of Justice (1986-1992) and the Court of Appeal for Ontario (1992-2003).

Judgments (also known as Reasons for Judgment) are detailed explanations of the legal reasoning behind a ruling in a civil or criminal case. Although they may be filed in the court's case file, judges keep their own copies of rulings which they may find useful for future reference, particularly those which may be appealed or which make use of new developments in law such as the introduction of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

While Justice Austin kept his Reasons only for a selection of his cases, his selection reflects the wide variety of cases and appeals heard by each justice in Ontario during this period. Subjects include: labour relations, guardianship, narcotics, homicide, medical malpractice, automobile and personal accidents, corporate reorganizations, religion in the schools, public nudity, and political defamation. Several bankruptcy court cases are also present.

In some instances, the Reasons for Judgment for a particular case are accompanied by related documentation. Some Reasons for Judgment have side notes by Justice Austin concerning his opinions on matters concerning the case.

The Judgments were originally housed in 3-ring binders and arranged in roughly chronological order. The current arrangement retains the files in their original sequence.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Justice Allan McNiece "Mac" Austin was appointed in December of 1986 to the Ontario High Court of Justice, Supreme Court Trial Division of Ontario. In May of 1992 he was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He heard cases throughout the province. He retired in March of 2003.

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Ontario. Court of Appeal

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Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright has been transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the donor. Fonds also contains material owned by various other copyright owners. To find out more about the copyright status of the particular material you wish to use, consult a Reference Archivist. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use other than for research and private study any of this material, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records were donated to the Archives of Ontario by Kay Samuel, Library Manager for the law firm of WeirFoulds LLP in 2009. Prior to that they remained in the custody of Justice Austin.

Title is based on contents of series.


No further accruals are expected.

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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.

1987-1989 :

Supreme Court (BA51)

1990-1992 :

Court of Justice (General Division) (BA58)

1992-2003 :

Court of Appeal (BA49)

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