JW de B Farris

JW de B Farris

"A lawyer, and later senator, who represented the following litigants in various cases regarding Japanese-Canadian legal historiography: - Provincial Government in Re the Japanese Treat Act, [1921] 56 DLR 69 - He also represented (with JA Ritchie, KC) the Attorney-General of BC in The Matter of the Authority of the Legislature of British Columbia to Pass 'An Act to Validate and Confirm Certain Orders in Council and Provisions Relating to the Employment of Persons on Crown Property', [1922] 63 SCR 293 - In the case Ponyicki v Sawayama, [1943] SCR 197 he may possible have represented the defendant/respondent as the firm listed is ""Farris, McAlpine, Stultz, Bull, & Farris"" - By the time he was serving as a senator, JW de B Farris, along with CL McAlpine, represented the Vancouver News Herald (the newspaper whose reports led to the inquiry in the first place) in the Japanese Inquiry at Vancouver, B.C. led by Judge JCA Cameron in 1942 as per Order-in-Council PC 1942-9723. The full report can be found in Order-in-Council PC 1942-11599. - Project Resources: Library and Archives Canada records collected by Legal History, currently in digital repository."


ForenameJW de B
Regularized NameJW de B Farris

Shared Surnames

NameSee also
Charles A Farris
Charles S. Farris
JW de B Farris


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