1882/25 Regina vs. “King” – selling liquor without a licence
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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and it was thereby ordered that if the said several sums should not be paid forthwith the same should be levied by distress and sale of the goods and chattels of the said King and it was thereby also adjudged that the said King in default of a sufficient distress should be imprisioned in the Common Gaol of the said Province at New Westminster in the said Province and there to be kept for the space of three months, unless the said several sums and all costs and charges of the said distress, and of the commitment and conveying of the said King, to the said Common Gaol should be sooner paid and whereas after or on the Fourteenth day of March in the year aforesaid. I, the said Justice, issued a Warrant to all or any of the Constables or other Peace Officers of the District of Yale, commanding them or any of them to seize the said sums of Two Hundred dollars together with Thirty dollars for Licence and Twenty-two dollars 50/... Costs by distress and sale of the goods and chattels of the said King. And whereas it appears to me as well by the return to the said warrant of distress by the Constable who had the execution of the same as otherwise that the said Constable hath made diligent search for the goods and Chattels of the said King, but that no sufficient distress whereon to levy the sums above mentioned could be found; These are therefore to command you, the said Constables or Peace Officers or any one of you, to take the said King, and him safely
BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA.ATTORNEY GENERAL.
BOX 24 File 1882/25 Attorney General documents.