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Capital punishment case files [textual record]. 

Sub-series consists of

Date(s)

1867-1976

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

90.2 m of textual records

Scope and content

Sub-series consists of case files on most of the individuals convicted of capital murder from 1867 to 1976. Under section 397 of the Criminal Code of 1892, the court where the trial of a capital case took place forwarded transcripts of the trial to the federal Department of Justice in order to prepare recommendations to the Governor General-in-Council on the final disposition of the case. In practice, the Remissions Branch of the department acquired these records, and created others as officials considered the merits of each case and made recommendations to Cabinet. The latter then decided whether to carry out the execution of the individual or to commute the death sentence to life imprisonment. Their final decision was in the form of an order in council. By 1952 the Legal Branch had absorbed the functions of the Remissions Branch, including the consideration of applications for clemency. The responsibility for the disposition of capital cases shifted from the Justice Department to the Solicitor General in 1966 when that department was established. This responsibility continued until the abolition of the death penalty in 1976. Capital case files may include internal Justice memoranda; correspondence with lawyers, judges and other court officials; medical reports; judges' summaries of the trial proceedings and transcripts of the trial; petitions; newspaper clippings; and the occasional photograph. The case files are arranged in two groups. The first contains files from 1867 to 1925 with the suffix A preceding each number. The second is prefixed by the letters CC and is numbered consecutively. It appears that some files from the first group were incorporated into the second group.

Textual records
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32: Restricted by law
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Copyright belongs to the Crown.

Textual records The finding aid's file level descriptions can be accessed through the "consists of" field in the MIKAN record. A paper copy is also available in the Reference room. The finding aid is a file list for volumes 1407-1854. 13-54 90 (Electronic)

Textual records The finding aid contains references found in volumes 1393-1854 to individuals who received the death sentence. The list is typed and sorted alphabetically. Part one is in English. 13-39 90 (Paper)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000001052.pdf

Textual records The finding aid contains references found in volumes 1393-1854 to individuals who received the death sentence. The list is typed and sorted alphabetically. Part two is in French. 13-39 90 (Paper)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000001051.pdf

Additional information

Accruals
No further accruals are expected.

Restrictions on access note
Because of physical conservation concerns, only supervised consultation of the files in volumes 1435, 1436, 1437 is permitted. This restriction will be in effect until those files are scanned, at which point researchers will be required to consult the electronic copy of those files.

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