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Finding Aid - Wilson David Griffiths (PF43)

Wilson David Griffiths fonds

1966-1996

21.5 cm of textual records
6 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20.2 cm x 42.6 cm or smaller

Biographical Sketch
Wilson David Griffiths was born on May 28th, 1925, in Owen Sound, Ontario, to Leonard Whitney Griffiths and Jean Davidson. During the Second World War, Griffiths served with the Royal Canadian Air Force (1943-1944) as a Leading Aircraftman and with the Army (1944-1945) as a corporal. After earning an LLB degree from the University of Toronto, Griffiths was admitted to Osgoode Hall Law School in 1948, and was called to the Bar in 1951. Griffiths was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1961. In 1972, Griffiths was elected a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and served in this capacity until his appointment to the bench in 1975. Griffiths served in various Ontario courts, including the High Court of Justice (1975-1987), the Supreme Court of Ontario Court of Appeal (1987-1990), and the Court of Appeal for Ontario (1990-1992). In 1992, he was appointed a Supernumerary Justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Griffiths died on June 21st, 2004.
 
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records relating to the judicial career of Wilson David Griffiths. The fonds includes speeches, papers, published material, photographs, a letter and other material.
 
Languages
Some of the records are in French.
 
Restrictions
No restrictions on access.

PF43-1 Speeches and papers

[1975?]-[1995?]
10 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of speeches and writings given by Wilson David Griffiths and other individuals.
 
Reference Code / Title / Date
2004050-001 Speech for doctors in October. -- 1980
2004050-002 A view from the bench: characteristics of the successful negotiator. -- [ca. 1981]
2004050-003 Call to the Bar ceremony. -- 11 Apr. 1983
2004050-004 Negligence and fraud - symptoms of malaise. -- 1984
2004050-005 Toronto call to Bar 1984. -- 1984
2004050-006 Address. -- Mar. 1984
2004050-007 Remarks at call to Bar - London. -- 12 Apr. 1984
2004050-008 The retirement of John Bowlby from the bench. -- 1988
2004050-009 Address at call to the Bar ceremony. -- 29 Mar. 1989
2004050-010 Speech for the Honourable Chief Justice of the High Court W.D. Parker. -- 11 Apr. 1989
2004050-011 Remarks at the call to the bar - Ottawa. -- 28 Mar. 1990
2004050-012 Presentation of the Advocates' Society Medal to Charles F. McKeon, Q.C.. -- 19 June 1990
2004050-013 Advocates' Society dinner: thirtieth anniversary. -- 4 Mar. 1994
2004050-014 What a trial judge looks for in counsel. -- [ca. 1975]
2004050-015 The role of the trial advocate in the trial process. -- [ca. 1977]
2004050-016 Some observations of a two-and-a-half year-old judge. -- [ca. 1977]
2004050-017 Contempt of court by lawyers. -- [ca. 1983]
2004050-018 The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto. -- [ca. 1988]
2004050-019 Address. -- [between 1975 and 1995]
2004050-020 Address for advocacy course. -- [between 1975 and 1995]
2004050-021 Fresh stories. -- [between 1975 and 1995]
2004050-022 History of the Advocates' Society. -- [between 1975 and 1995]

PF43-2 Published material

1980, 1995-1996
8.5 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of four published volumes, one newsletter and one clipping relating to the judicial career of Wilson David Griffiths.
 
Reference Code / Title / Date
2004050-023 Quality of trial lawyers hit by judge. -- 15 Nov. 1980
2004050-024 The reported decisions of Mr. Justice W. David Griffiths: volume I: the early years (1975-1979). -- 24 Nov. 1995
2004050-025 The reported decisions of Mr. Justice W. David Griffiths: volume II: the eighties (1980-1987). -- 24 Nov. 1995
2004050-026 The reported decisions of Mr. Justice W. David Griffiths: volume III: the Court of Appeal (1988-1995). -- 24 Nov. 1995
2004050-027 Civil jury charges. -- 1996
2004050-028 CIAJ newsletter. – 1996

PF43-3 Photographs

1966, 1993-1996
6 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20.2 cm x 42.6 cm or smaller

Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs relating to the legal career of Wilson David Griffiths.
 
Reference Code / Title / Date
2004050-01P Osgoode Hall class of '51, 15 year reunion - Toronto 1966. -- 1966
2004050-02P Photograph of unidentified group. -- 1993
2004050-03P Photograph of unidentified group. -- 1994
2004050-04P Photograph of unidentified group. -- 1995
2004050-05P Grange retirement dinner. -- 7 Apr. 1995
2004050-06P Château Bromont 1996. -- 1996

PF43-4 Letter and seminar material

1984, 1989
3 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of a letter sent to W. D. Griffiths and material prepared for a seminar in courtroom procedure.
 
Reference Code / Title / Date
2004050-029 Letter from Laura Legge to Justice Griffiths. -- 2 Apr. 1984
2004050-030 Suggested programme for seminar at Yellowknife. -- June 1989
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