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1880/20 Ah Jim, non-payment of School Tax*

As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, the BC Archives has digitized a selection of documents related to criminal prosecutions against the Chinese community from 1866 to 1914, found in GR-0419. These are mainly records created as part of the preliminary hearing held before a judge in order to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. There are often lengthy witness statements, and cross examinations by both prosecution and defense lawyers. The eventual verdict is sometimes recorded on the outside of the docket. They offer a fascinating glimpse into 19th and early 20th century criminal activity around the province, and ways in which the Chinese community was stereotyped. The records offered for transcription here are a small selection; for additional digitized material from GR-0419 click here. 

*Please note that archival source materials are original historical documents that have not been censored, reviewed or otherwise altered by the Royal BC Museum. Some materials may contain content that is racist, sexist or otherwise offensive. In addition, GR-0419 records deal with subjects such as assault, murder and abuse, which may upset some readers. The Royal BC Museum is only the custodian of archival materials; the content does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Royal BC Museum.
*All transcriptions are provided by volunteers, and the accuracy of the transcriptions is not guaranteed. Please be sure to verify the information by viewing the image record, or visiting the BC Archives in person. 

BC Archives G-0419

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By B.N.A. Sec 126

All duties & revenues raised by Provces under powers of that Act shall in each Provce form one Consolidated Revenue Fund to be appropriated for Public Service of Province

B.N.A. Act sec 92 (2)

"Direct taxation within Provces in order for raising revenue for Provl ppses"


[illegible]& other licences for raising Revenue

By local Act 1872 All duties revenues &c of B.C. are to form Consolidated Revenue

Offences agst Person Act Sec 39

"Whosoever assaults resists or wilfully obstructs any revenue or peace officer in the execution of duty"

"Any revenue or peace officer" not confined to Domn officers e.g. assault on municipal police constables

Local Acts as to assault on constables ultra vires see Domn [illegible] papers 1877 pp

And see Revised Stats: of Ontario Vol 1 p 887 & Vol 2 p 2456.

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 19 File 1880/20 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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