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Nanaimo Magistrate's Court fonds
Nanaimo Magistrate's Court fonds [textual record]. -- 1888-1891.
8 cm of textual records

In Nanaimo's early years, a Police Magistrate was not appointed; the mayor and other justices of the peace tried cases involving municipal matters. Proceedings were regularly reported in the Nanaimo Free Press and usually concerned by-law violations and criminal misdemeanours. In 1891, J.P. Planta was appointed as Police Magistrate on the recommendation of the Police Committee, which was formed in 1886. The provincial government subsequently confirmed this appointment. Later Police Magistrates included James Henry Simpson, Marshall Bray and Edmund Montague Yarwood.

Materials were donated to the Nanaimo Museum in undocumented transactions and later transferred to the Nanaimo Community Archives.

Fonds consists of depositions by witnesses and other documents related to various crimes. The depositions appear to have been created during Planta's tenure as Police Magistrate, although he was not officially appointed until 1891.

Title based on the contents of the fonds.
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