Osgoode Society Books

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  • The Genesis of The Canadian Criminal Code of 1892

    by Desmond Brown. Published with the University of Toronto Press, 1989. In 1892 the Canadian Parliament enacted the Criminal Code. Drafted in just over a year by a justice department consisting of fourteen men occupying six offices, it was the first such code to be enforced in a self-governing jurisdiction in the British empire. As such,… Read more »

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  • The Odyssey of John Anderson

    Patrick Brode, Legal Counsel, City of Windsor. Published with the University of Toronto Press, 1989. Just before the outbreak of the American Civil War, a sensational case was heard in Toronto which captured headlines throughout North America and Europe. John Anderson, a fugitive slave who had been living quietly near Brantford, Ontario, was accused of having… Read more »

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  • The Last Day, the Last Hour: The Currie Libel Trial

    Robert J. Sharpe. Published with Carswell, 1988. “Out of Print. Second edition published in 2009. Books about trials readily capture the attention of a public interested in the drama of courtroom confrontation, and they offer an opportunity to present often complex legal issues in an appealing and readable format. In their reconstruction of past legal and… Read more »

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  • Middleton: The Beloved Judge

    by John D. Arnup. Published with McClelland & Stewart, 1988. William Edward Middleton served as Justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario for thirty-three years. His written judgments, many still cited today, are models of insight and wisdom. In addition to his contribution to jurisprudence, Middleton, at a time when a number of Supreme Court Justices… Read more »

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  • The Fiercest Debate: Cecil A. Wright, The Benchers And Legal Education In Ontario, 1923-1957.

    by C. Ian Kyer And Jerome Bickenbach. Published with the University of Toronto Press, 1987. Disagreements over legal education have by no means been restricted to Ontario or to the twentieth century. The nature of legal education was debated in many parts of Europe and North America in the course of the nineteenth century. As the… Read more »

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  • The Case of Valentine Shortis: A True Story of Crime and Politics in Canada

    by Martin Friedland, Emeritus Professor Law, University of Toronto. Published with the University of Toronto Press. 1986. Since its inception, the Osgoode Society has been anxious to publish scholarly studies of significant Canadian trials. In popular literature this genre, presented in the form of courtroom confrontations, appeals to the imagination and reaches a wide audience. A more… Read more »

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  • Mr. Attorney: The Attorney General for Ontario in Court, Cabinet and Legislature, 1791-1899

    by Paul Romney. Published with the University of Toronto Press, 1986. Mr. Attorney is a major exercise in revisionist historiography. Based on extensive research in often obscure sources, it offers an account of the office of Attorney General which reinterprets several key themes of nineteenth-century constitutional and political history. Paul Romney argues that grievances involving the… Read more »

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  • The Supreme Court of Canada: History of  the Institution

    By James Snell, Professor, Department of History, University of Guelph, and Frederick Vaughan, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph. Published with the University of Toronto Press, 1985. Canadians know little about the history and traditions of their highest court. In providing the first comprehensive history of the Supreme Court of Canada, James Snell and Frederick Vaughan… Read more »

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  • Duff: A Life in the Law

    by David Williams. Published with the University of British Columbia Press, 1984. Out of Print. Sir Lyman Duff is often described as Canada’s most distinguished jurist. His career encompassed forty years in high judicial office, the last eleven as Chief Justice of Canada. More than any other individual, he shaped the Supreme Court and its decisions… Read more »

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  • Sir John Beverley Robinson: Bone and Sinew of the Compact

    by Patrick Brode, Legal Counsel, City of Windsor. Published with the University of Toronto Press, 1984. It is appropriate that Patrick Brode’s biography of Sir John Beverley Robinson was published in the year that marked the 200th anniversary of the coming of the loyalists to British North America. Robinson, as Patrick Brode demonstrates, embodied much… Read more »

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