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NOTES AND DEFINITIONS
CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LAW OF THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC
INCLUDING A LARGE NUMBER OF DECISIONS IN APPEAL OTHERWISE
THE YEAR 1887.
To which is appended a list of all the cases carried to the Supreme Court and Privy Council
with the text of the judgments in the Privy Council.
THOMAS KENNEDY RAMSAY
Late Judge of the Court of Queen's Bench for the Province of Quebec
DEGÅRY OF THE
Entered according to Act of Parliament of Canada in the year 1887,
by A. PERIARD, in the Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Statistics, at Ottawa.
GEBHARDT-BERTHIAUME LITHO, & PRINTING CC., MONTREAL.
This work, left in manuscript by the late Judge Ramsay, is a Digest or Alphabetical Synopsis of all the judgments in Appeal from the time the late Judge was appointed to the bench--that is from the year 1873 to the end of 1886—illustrated throughout by the learned judge's own notes and opinions On the first sheet of the manuscript
are the words:
" Commencé le 7 Avril 1881, lundi de la semaine sainte,"
so that we may assume that the work occupied all the leisure time of the learned Judge during a period of nearly three years.
As far as possible it is published in the condition in which it was left. Although the Judge evidently considered it finished, there were naturally a number of points here and there overlooked, and which had to be supplied as well as possible from sources of information different from those used by the author. Other things which will probably be considered as peculiarities, such as the names of the judges in each case, and of those dissenting, with occasionally the opinions of those who dissented, were manifestly intended to
remain and have so been left.
The number of unreported cases is unexpectedly large, comprising
nearly, if not quite, one half of the total number of judgments in Appeal during the last thirteen years. It need scarcely be pointed out that, dealing only with the decisions of the Court in which he
sat, and during the time he sat in it, all the judgments and references cannot but be regarded as emanating from the most reliable sources. As the most important of these judgments were carried to higher courts, and there either confirmed or reversed, the Editor has seized the opportunity to add in an Appendix, a list of such cases, giving for the first time a collection of the judgments in the Privy Council on cases referred to in the body of the work, that is in all cases from this province during the last thirteen years.
The work, it may readily be believed, will be found a most valuable addition to the text books of this province, and a most valuable aid to the practitioner.
MONTREAL, Sept. 15, 1887.
C. H. S.