No. 45
Downing Street
9 April 1859
Sir,
I transmit to you herewith copies of a correspondence between this department and the President of the Society of Solicitors before the Supreme Court of Scotland relative to the admission of Members of that Society to practice before the Supreme Court of Vancouver's Island.
The Solicitors before the Supreme Court of Scotland are at present excluded from practice in Vancouver's Island by the terms of the Order in Council of 4th April 1856, for establishing Courts of Justice in the Island, which only admits to practice Attorneys, Solicitors and Proctors of the English and Irish Courts and Writers to the Signet of the Scottish Courts. I have no doubt, however, that this phraseology was not adopted with any intention of excluding Solicitors of the Scotch Courts, and they Manuscript imageappear to me fairly entitled to the privilege of practising in Vancouver's Island.
The Local legislature has power to amend the existing Order in Council conferred on it by the Act 12 and 13 Victoria Cap. 48, Section 2, and I have to instruct you to bring before that body a measure for the purpose of admitting the Solicitors before the Supreme Court of Scotland to practice in the Courts of Vancouver's Island.
I have etc.
E.B. Lytton
People in this document

Douglas, James

Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer

Places in this document

Vancouver Island

Victoria

Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer to Douglas, James 9 April 1859, CO 410:1, 194. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/V597045.html.

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