edited by Philip Girard, Professor, Dalhousie Law School, Jim Phillips, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and Barry Cahill, independent scholar. Published with the University of Toronto Press, 2004.
This volume was prepared to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Canada’s oldest surviving common law court. The thirteen essays include an account of the first meeting of the court in Michaelmas Term (October) 1754 and surveys of the court’s jurisprudence. There are also chapters on the courts of Westminister Hall, on which the Supreme Court was modelled in the eighteenth century, and on the courthouses occupied over the two and a half centuries of the court’s existence. Anchoring the volume are two longer chapters, one on the pre-confederation and one on the modern period, which together provide a comprehensive narrative history of the court – a unique contribution to our knowledge of the history of Canadian provincial superior courts.