Fonds MG4272 - James K. Hugessen Fonds

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James K. Hugessen Fonds

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  • 1972-2007 (Creation)
    Hugessen, James K.

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2.7 m of textual records
11 photographs

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Born in Montreal in 1933, James K. Hugessen was educated at Oxford University and McGill University. After graduating with a B.C.L. from McGill in 1957, he was called to the bar in 1958 and entered private practice. From 1962 to 1974 he was an adjunct professor in McGill’s Faculty of Law. In 1972 he was appointed as a justice of the Quebec Superior Court. In 1983 he became a judge of the Federal Court of Canada, Appeal Division and retired in 2008. After his retirement, he was appointed as a deputy judge of the Federal Court. His other appointments have included the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization and the Supreme Court of the North-West Territories. A visually-disabled person, he served as the chair of the federal Task Force on Access to Information for Print-Disabled Canadians. In 2009, as a result of his outstanding judicial career and long term service to McGill’s Faculty of Law, he was given the F.R. Scott Award for Distinguished Service.

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These records were acquired in four separate deposits in 2008 and 2009. In 2008 the judgments, bench books and some publications were acquired directly from James Hugessen at his Federal Court Office in Ottawa. The other deposit in 2008 was a file of correspondence hand delivered by James Hugessen to the McGill University Archives. In 2009 two further deposits were made, a file of correspondence by post and calendar day books, publications and a file sent by courier.

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The fonds documents his activities as a federal judge in Montreal and Ottawa and consists chiefly of judgments, 1972-2007 and bench notebooks, 1972-1999 with some congratulatory correspondence concerning his appointments as well as related certificates, and photographs. These records reflect the extent of his records keeping activities in textual form. Later records were created only as electronic records. These were not acquired.

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Material in English and French.

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Depositor’s copyright to the records transferred to the McGill University Archives.

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