Series 93 - Legal activities and general topics

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Legal activities and general topics

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    CRICH 93

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    • 1944-1981 (Creation)
      Richmond (B.C.). Law Department

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    81 cm of textual records;37 maps;7 photograph prints : b&w

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    (1896 -)

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    The Municipal Act, at the time of incorporation, empowered Council to establish, regulate and maintain a police force, and to assist in the administration of justice by assisting in the operation of the Police Courts. The Municipal Clauses Act of 1896 outlined the duties of the municipality, which were to: police and enforce bylaws, maintain law and order in the municipality, and administer justice through the prosecution of offenders. Similar provisions remained in effect until 1974, at which time the Police Act repealed Municipal Act provisions relating to the municipality's role in court administration, and in the prosecution of offenders.

    Currently, the Law Section is a part of the Finance and Corporate Services Division. The Law Section is responsible for: providing advice to City Council and staff regarding the City's legal rights and obligations; ensuring bylaws presented to City Council for adoption are legally correct; preparing legal documents for the acquisition, sale or lease of real property; negotiating, preparing and reviewing contracts and other legal documents on behalf of the City; and ensuring that the City is represented in court proceedings in which it is involved.

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    Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, staff reports to Council, witness affidavits, agreements, promotional and information materials, plans, and photographs relating to the provision of legal counsel to City staff and Council on a wide range of topics. The series consists primarily of legal correspondence relating to general zoning issues, the Board of Variance, assessment appeals, right-of-way disputes, dyking, and Special Use Permits. The series also includes case files relating to collections and bylaw prosecutions by the City, as well as damage claims against the City.

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    Records in this series had no discernible arrangement. Files have been numbered sequentially and described in their 'as found' order

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        Access to records in this series is subject to review and may be restricted.

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        BCAUL control number: CRICH-SER-93

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