edited by Christopher English, Department of History, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Published with the University of Toronto Press, 2005.
Voices from the East beyond the Northumberland and Cabot Straits. This volume of essays on the legal histories of Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland opens with innovative essays on the historiography of two ‘island’ jurisdictions of Atlantic Canada. Eleven essays examine legal themes, developments and disputes drawn from the distinctive jurisdictions they investigate. The essays offer a framework for comparison of the administration of justice through the courts or examine contested cases in common law (criminal, libel, property and inheritance), and in Chancery, with a comparative excursion into New South Wales. Several pose intriguing questions about women’s legal status and their access to the courts and reach revisionist conclusions.