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NCJ Number: 118908 Find in a Library
Title: Justice in the Wilderness: A Study of Frontier Courts in Canada and the United States, 1670-1870
Author(s): L A Bakken
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 266
Sponsoring Agency: Fred B Rothman & Co
Littleton, CO 80123
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8377-0354-9
Sale Source: Fred B Rothman & Co
Marketing Manager
10368 W Centennial Rd
Littleton, CO 80123
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines the primary functions and characteristics of the early frontier courts in Canada and the U.S. and reviews the similarities and differences between the two countries.
Abstract: The first part of this study reviews the early Canadian court structure and function in the Atlantic provinces, Upper and Lower Canada and Manitoba. The second part examines the early territorial courts of the U.S. and their impact on the development of the judicial structure in the Northwest Territory. The final part identifies consistent themes running through the survey of the early Canadian and U.S. courts. Among the similarities in the history and development of Canada and the U.S. are the influence of England, common law, geography, and climate. These factors led to similar approaches to the formation of early justice systems. Differences between the countries include the rate of development (Canada was slower), less emphasis on settling in Canada, and the influence of French orientation to legal principles in Quebec. 21 maps and charts, 131 notes, bibliography, and index.
Main Term(s): History of criminal justice
Index Term(s): Canada; Court system
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