by Christopher Moore, Independent Historian. Published with the University of British Columbia Press, 2010.
The Court of Appeal of British Columbia began sitting in 1910, and this volume thus coincides with the court’s centenary. Renowned historian Christopher Moore has produced a masterful account of the court, one that combines narrative, biographical and analytical histories of a major provincial judicial institution over one hundred years. Anchored by rich detailed studies of the court’s judges, it provides also extensive data on court organisation, administration, and caseload. Each chapter also includes vignettes of famous and unusual cases dealt with by the court, as well as commentary on the ways in which the court’s work both reflected and influenced the province’s history. This book is the Osgoode Society’s fifth court history, and we hope that it will serve as both inspiration and model for many other histories of our country’s courts.