Dalhousie Law Journal


William Young, Nova Scotia, public law, private law, advocacy, advisory, solicitorial, legislative, drafting, criminal law, justice, legal history


Focusing on the tenure (1854-1857) of William Young, this article examines the legal work of nineteenth-century Nova Scotian attorneys general. Although he served without the benefit of an established justice department, Young fulfilled a wide range of duties and completed an impressive volume of work, which required knowledge of both public and private law, and which demanded advocacy advisory, solicitorial, and legislative drafting skills. This article argues that though Young's performance as a Crown prosecutor received the most public attention, his accomplishments outside the criminal courtroom, especially those relating to the administration ofjustice and legislative development, had the most significant and enduring effects upon the province, given their connection to the development of communications and transportation, as well as to the maintenance ofpublic order

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