ACSSS presents Paul Craven book launch for Petty Justice Low Law and the Sessions System in Charlotte County New Brunswick 1785-1867 -FR
Nov. 13, 2014. Paul Craven, Associate Professor, Social Science, York University.
Book: Petty Justice: Low Law and the Sessions System in
Charlotte County, New Brunswick, 1785–1867.
Until the late nineteenth century, the most common form of local government in rural England and the British empire was administration by amateur justices of the peace: the sessions system. Petty Justice uses an unusually well-documented example of the sessions system in Loyalist New Brunswick to examine the role of justices of the peace and other front-line low law officials such as customs
officers and deputy land surveyors in colonial local government. Using the rich archival resources of Charlotte County, Paul Craven discusses the impact of commercial rivalries on local administration, the role of low law officials in resolving civil and criminal disputes and keeping the peace, their management of public works, social welfare, and liquor regulation, and the efforts of grand juries, high court judges, colonial governors, and elected governments to supervise them. A concluding chapter explains the demise of the sessions system in Charlotte County in the decade of Confederation. Book published by University of Toronto Press for the Osgoode Society, 2014.
Atlantic Canada Studies Seminar Series, Faculty of Arts, University of New Brunswick. Refreshments will be served. Participation is welcome on an individual, occasional, or continuing basis. For more information, please contact the co-chairs: Dr. Sasha Mullally firstname.lastname@example.org ; Dr. Elizabeth Mancke email@example.com
Building: Provincial Archives of New Brunswick
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