Available reels: 4
|Creator||Nouvelle-France. Archives judiciaires.|
MG 8 B 4
|Document source||Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada|
Until 1663, the Governor of New France was the absolute master of the Canadian justice system. However, the provost court of Quebec was the first degree of royal justice established in New France from 1663 by decision of King Louis XIV of France with the creation of the Sovereign Council of New France during the reform of the judiciary Canada. The court heard criminal and civil matters, and could also hear sentencing appeals. In addition, the court produced different documents: marriage contracts, oaths, appointments of trustees, guardians or curators, and various regulations.
This collection consists of extracts from the registers of the provost court of Quebec, 1638-1730, as well as state registries, papers relating to seigneuries, applications, wills and so on. This collection covers the period of the 17th and 18th centuries.