No. 69
1 December 1865
In forwarding the Act of the Vancouver Island Legislature 28 and 29 Vict: Cap: 9 "An Act to amend the manner of taking the Verdict of a Jury in Civil cases," you express your opinion that this measure, which allows the verdict ofnotManuscript image not less than three fourths of a Jury where a unanimous verdict cannot be had, should be extended to criminal cases on the ground that in such cases the necessity for unanimity has frequently led to failure of justice.
I think that the circumstances of the colony as described by you sufficiently justify this recommendation and I shall be prepared to submit for Her Majesty's Sanction a law passed with this object if that Law is otherwiseunobjectionableManuscript image unobjectionable.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
humble servant
Edward Cardwell
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Cardwell, Edward to Kennedy, Arthur 1 December 1865, NAC RG7:G8C/5, 284. 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.

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