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1914/40 Rex vs. Chong Ching – carnal knowledge

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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BC Archives G-0419

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In the Supreme Court of British Columbia Oyer and Terminer and General Gaol Delivery

CANADA Province of British Columbia, County of Kootenay.

City of Nelson

The Jurors for our Lord the King present that Chong Ching on the 12th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and thirteen near the City of Nelson in the County of Kootenay unlawfully did have illicit connection with one May Redcliffe, a girl of previously chaste character and then being above the age of fourteen and under the age of sixteen, ageinst the form of the Statute in such case made and provided against the peace of our Lord the King His Crown and Dignity.

I hereby direct that Counsel acting for the Crown at the Nelson Spring Assizes, 1914, prefer the above bill of indictment to the Grand Jury

Chief Justice

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 184 File 1914/40 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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