1900/40 Regina vs. Tom Lung - assault
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.
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IN THE COURT OF OYER AND TERMINER AND GENERAL GAOL DELIVERY. CANADA. ) Province of British Columbia
County of Vancouver. City of Vancouver
The Jurors for our Lady the Queen present that Tom Lung at the City of Vancouver in the County of Vancouver In the Province of British Columbia on the eighth day of February in the year of our lord one thousand nine hundred one Alexander Holla nd unlawfully did wound with intent thereby then unlawfully the said Alexander Holland to kill and murder against the form of the statute in such case made and provided and against the peace of our said Lady the Queen her crown and dignity. And the Jurors aforesaid do further present that the said Tom Lung afterwards to wit on the day and year and at the place last aforesaid the said Alexander Holland unlawfully did wound with intent in so doing to him the said Alexander Holland then to do grievous bodily harm against the form of the statute in such case mad ena dprovided and against the peace of our said Lady the Queen her Crown and dignity. BC Archives GR-0419 Box 83 File 1900/40 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Attorney General documents.