Fonds RG-13 - City of Edmonton. Law Department fonds

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City of Edmonton. Law Department fonds

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on name of creator.

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  • 1903-1999 (Creation)
    City of Edmonton. Law Department

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1096 cm textual records and other material

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Administrative history

The position of Town Solicitor was established in April 1892 by Bylaw 2, appointing certain officers of the Municipality. The position of City Solicitor was established in 1904 in An Ordinance to incorporate the City of Edmonton and passed in 1904 by the fifth legislative assembly of the North-West Territories.

The chief officer of the Legal Department was the Town Solicitor (1892-1904) and the City Solicitor (1904 onward). From 1892 to 1904 the Town Solicitor reported to Council. From 1904 until at least 1923 the City Solicitor reported directly to Council. Starting as early as 1952 the City Solicitor reported to the Chief Commissioner or the Commissioners Board until that body was dissolved in 1983. For three years, from 1983-1985, the City Solicitor reported directly to Council again. Beginning in 1986, the City Solicitor reported to the City Manager. In 2023 Employee and Legal Services formed as one team, as a result the City Solicitor became the Chief People Officer and City Solicitor, and Legal Services fell under a Deputy City Solicitor and Branch Manager.

The primary function of the legal department is to supply legal advice to the Mayor, Council and all City departments and to provide legal representation for the City in courts or other actions. Over time the office has expanded to include litigation services, bylaw enforcement and business licensing, risk management, the settlement of claims for and against the city, and corporate security.

Town/City Solicitors

  • Nicholas du Bois Dominic Beck, Q.C. and Patrick Leonard McNamara (1892-1898)
  • Nicholas du Bois Dominic Beck (1898-1907)
  • John Campbell Ferrie Brown, K.C. (1907-1933)
  • Thomas E. Garside, K.C. (1933-1934 Acting, 1934-1955)
  • Alan Fraser MacDonald (1956-1973)
  • Harry F. Wilson (1973-1979)
  • Antal (Tony) Konye (1979-1986)
  • John R. Basey (1987-1993)
  • Ron Liteplo (1994-1997)
  • Anne Massing Jarman (1997-2019)
  • Bonnie L. Andriachuk (2019-2021)
  • Michelle Plouffe, Chief People Officer and City Solicitor (2021 to present)
  • Michael Gunther, Deputy City Solicitor and Branch Manager (2023 to present)

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Scope and content

Fonds consists of transcriptions of court cases and hearings, correspondence, bylaws, contracts, architectural drawings, maps, photographs and artwork relating to city activities the law branch believed where of historical significance.

An order has been imposed on the material. The arrangement includes multiple series based on the function law was serving within the City. Within each series the records were processed following the order received from the creator as much as possible.

  • 13.1: Mayors and Council
  • 13.2: Bylaws
  • 13.3: Contracts
  • 13.4: City Land and Property Development
  • 13.5: Legal proceedings and Administration
  • 13.6: Divestments

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This material was transferred to the City of Edmonton Archives between 1974-2014.


The photographs were assigned items numbers with the prefix EA-201.

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  • English

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    Restrictions on access

    These records contain information that is protected in alignment with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.

    Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

    Copyright held by City of Edmonton.

    Finding aids

    Finding aid available online.

    Associated materials

    Supreme Court of Alberta (Edmonton) fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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    Further accruals are expected.

    General note

    Accession numbers: A74-20, A75-67, A75-92, A92-117, A2007-8, A2008-22, A2008-30, A2012-58, A2013-86, A2014-1

    Physical description

    Includes: 4924 architectural drawings, 30 maps, 38 photographs

    Accompanying material

    Associated materials: related Civil Court records will be available at the Provincial Archives of Alberta in the future. When they are available they will be under the fonds Court of Queen's Bench (Edmonton) fonds.

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    City of Edmonton Archives

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