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Victoria (B.C.). City Solicitor's Office Series
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City Solicitor operational files

Series consists of files created by the City Solicitor from the first appointment to permanent staff of the City in 1910 to the contracting out of the work in 1956. Some files predate the appointment of a staff solicitor when the City's legal work was contracted out to various legal firms.

Victoria (B.C.). City Solicitor's Office

City Solicitor miscellaneous files

Series consists of several groups of files with no discernible relationship amongst themselves except that they were created by the City Solicitor at various times.

Most date from the period when the City Solicitor was a member of City Hall permanent staff. The series covers a full range of typical Solicitor activities including the preparation of bylaws and legislation, negotiation of agreements and contracts for local improvements, sale of lands, and supply of services to the City, general counsel in litigation, and drafting of legal opinions.

A substantial group of files concerned with the building of Johnson St. Bridge (1911-1923) is comprised of records created by the City Engineer. These may have been brought together to handle potential litigation, given the City of Victoria's sensitivity to liability arising from the Point Ellice Bridge streetcar disaster of 1896.

Victoria (B.C.). City Solicitor's Office

City Solicitor files

Series consists of files from the office of City Solicitor Terence O'Grady (1956-1972).

They include bylaws and correspondence on local improvements, legislative regulations, agreements and other matters as well as minutes of various committees with which the Solicitor was concerned.

Victoria (B.C.). City Solicitor's Office

Land Registry Office application books

Series consists of a journal of applications by the City for certificates of title from the Land Registry Office.

Provides information on the date of the application, the vendor, a description of the parcel of land, the nature of the deed, the application number, and the date the certificate of title was received.

Victoria (B.C.). City Solicitor's Office

Sewer easement records

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, and agreements pertaining to sewer easements sought by the City.

This fragment of the original series comprises files 72-75.

Victoria (B.C.). City Solicitor's Office

City Solicitor's agreements

Series consists of agreements, leases, contracts and other legal documents which pertain to a variety of matters including land purchases, Vic West Arbitration, and expropriation of land at Elk Lake and Sooke Lake and for water works purposes.

It also includes records dealing with expropriation of land in Fernwood for the Victoria High School as well as agreements for houses under the Soldiers Better Housing Act, and agreements with other municipalities regarding infrastructure projects.

Victoria (B.C.). City Solicitor's Office