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MacDONALD, Peter V., Q.C. Court Jesters : Canada's Lawyers and Judges Take the Stand to Relate Their Funniest Stories. Illustrations by David Brown. Toronto : Methuen, (1985). First Printing. Pp (6),7-208. 8vo, beige cloth spine, brownish grey boards, gilt lettering to spine.
MacDonald (b.1934) is a native of Halifax, son of Vincent C. MacDonald.
Foreword by John J. Robinette, Q.C.
Part I. Order in the Court.
1. The Best Free Show in Town;
2. Here Come de Judge;
3. Twelve Good and True;
5. Oh, Those Witty Lawyers;
6. They Should of Stood in Bed;
7. This and That;
8. Boys Will Be Boys;
Part II. Yesteryear.
9. Frontier Justice;
10. The Fastest Wit in the West [Patrick James Nolan : P.J. "Paddy" Nolan];
11. A.B. [A.B. MacGiilivray = Alexander Bernard MacGillivray, b. 1858 in Grand Narrows, Cape Breton - d.1943 ];
12. "Justice - With Costs";
Part III. Hearsay.
13. Pardon the Pun;
15. Stupid Questions;
P.S. With List of Contributors.
Newfoundland: 29-30, 32, 37, 45-46, 68, 78, 106-107, 167, 197. With James B. Chadwick, David C. Day, and Seamus B. O'Regan.
Nova Scotia: 11-12, 15-1 6, 18, 23-24, 30-33, 43, 69, 71, 90, 98-100, 114-115, 142-152 (chapter 11 "A.B." on A.B. MacGiilivray), 175-176, 194-195.
For another story of a missle hurtling through space, we go to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where an old friend of mine, Charles W. MacIntosh, Q.C., was performing in court. we get this report from correspondent, Donald A. Kerr, Q.C., who right in the thick of things.
"One beautiful summer's day, many years ago, Charlie was addressing a Supreme Court judge, in one of the cavernous courtrooms in the old Spring Garden Road Courthouse, on some point of law. In the course of his argument, he read a passage from a rather obscure Canadian legal textbook.
"'You know, Mr. MacIntosh,' said His Lordship, 'I never thought much of that book.'
"'My Lord, I entirely agree," said Charlie, upon which he wheeled around and, with the unerring aim of a Sandy Koufax, through the offending text right out the open window."
Lawyer Charles A. Manning performed the same feat, one balmy spring day about twenty years ago, at the Court House in Pictou, Nova Scotia. While arguing a negligence case, Manning glanced over at the arsenal of books in front of his opponent, Ken Matthews, Q.C. Without so much as a "by your leave," he extracted one of Ken's books, the English text, Kemp & Kemp on Damages, and started quoting from it.
Judge Welsford MacDonald interrupted. "Mr. Manning, I have a great respect for English jurisprudence. However, I don't believe that English authority should be followed as to quantum of damages."
Manning paused, looked at the judge, and said,"I agree." Then he pitched the borrowed tome through the open window, just as cleanly as if it had been ace hurler Charlie MacIntosh on the mound. For a while there, at least in Nova Scotia, lawbook-throwing showed signs of becoming a new athletic event. -pp.30-31.
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Title: Court Jesters : Canada's Lawyers and Judges Take the Stand to Relate Their Funniest Stories. First Edition in dustjacket, Signed.
Publisher: Methuen, Toronto , 1985, ISBN:0458994502: 1985
ISBN Number: 0458994502
ISBN Number 13: 9780458994502
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