November 30, 1951 (21st Parliament, 5th Session)


Stuart Sinclair Garson (Solicitor General of Canada; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)


Mr. Garson:

I should like to emphasize that this gentleman does not try any cases in the ordinary sense in which we usually use the word "case". What he tries are motions of what are called an interlocutory character; that is, for example, motions for an order for an examination for discovery, and other types of motions which are made before the actual trial of the case comes on and which would be made to the judge if the registrar did not have the authority to try them.
Another type of matter that the registrar tries is this. After the case is over he sits in judgment to determine what costs the successful party can tax against the unsuccessful party. In that connection he has to exercise the same type of judgment that a judge would exercise if he were determining the matter. Then he also has to deal with matters which are referred to him in his capacity as registrar by the judge, being matters of lesser importance than the trial of the case itself yet perhaps more detailed. He looks after those in a judicial capacity.
I must say that I cannot tell my hon. friend offhand how many these would be in number. I would have to get that information and supply it to him, but I have no doubt at all that they would be quite substantial. That is in addition to this other work of looking after all these documents and seeing that cases are properly set down, subpoenas are issued and all the other work a registrar does.

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