- [ca. 1912]-2002 (Creation)
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Introductory remarks by Martin L. Friedland:
In 1998 I deposited a large collection of personal records [B1998-0006 (1868-1997, 30.03 metres)] in the University of Toronto Archives. The present accession covers, for the most part, material acquired since then. There are, however, some documents from earlier periods that for one reason or another did not find their way into the earlier accession. These include, for example, such items as hand-written drafts of the study I did on military justice for the Somalia Inquiry published in 1996, an invitation to the Queen’s Garden Party when I was in England in 1969, my federal Queen’s Counsel order-in-council from 1975, and a touching letter from Lord Denning, former Master of the Rolls, when he was 95 year’s old in 1996. They also include many family letters written from England, Israel, and other places to my mother and to my wife’s father, both of whom died since the earlier deposit of my papers, and I acquired the correspondence.
At about the time that I deposited the earlier material I was selected to write the history of the University of Toronto. That undertaking occupied most of my time over the following 5 years (1997-2002). The papers relating to the history of the University of Toronto are contained in a separate accession (B2002-0022). A description of the writing of the history is contained in an appendix to that accession.
The material in the present collection includes follow-up correspondence, documents, and lectures on various projects that were published before the earlier accession was deposited. I gave, for example, several talks on judicial independence and accountability – one to a conference organized by the Society for the Reform of the Criminal Law in Whistler, BC in 1996 and another to a conference in Vancouver in 2001 on the 300th anniversary of the Act of Settlement (See Series V). In October 2000 I went to Beijing for 10 days to work with Chinese judges on issues relating to judicial independence. One of the consequences of that visit was that my report, A Place Apart: Judicial Independence and Accountability in Canada, prepared for the Canadian Judicial Council, is being translated into Chinese with a preface by Audrey McLachlin, the chief justice of Canada. The translation has been completed (see the file in Series 7), although I have not yet seen the finished book.
In 1996 the deputy attorney general of Ontario, Larry Taman, invited me to act as a general consultant to the attorney general’s department on a range of policy issues that were being debated in the department. These included issues relating to a possible court services agency and questions concerning devolution of a number of criminal justice matters to other bodies, including devolution of responsibility for the Provincial Offences Act to municipalities. (See Series VI.) My task was to try to ensure that the public interest was properly taken into account in whatever was done. I was also involved in a number of Attorney General’s roundtable discussions relating to the follow-up of the Morin Inquiry, including issues on jail-house confessions and the forensic laboratories. In 1998 I was asked to help organize and draft the report for a committee that was looking at the workings of the criminal justice system in Ontario. The Report of the Criminal Justice Review Committee was published in 1999.
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Personal records of Martin L. Friedland, Professor and former Dean of Law, consisting of personal and professional correspondence, certificates, memoranda, notes, briefs, reports, and drafts of publications relating to his administrative and other activities in the Faculty of Law and other divisions at the University of Toronto, various legal organizations, his work as a consultant, and his writings.
The publications documented in depth are a comparison of jury selection in Canada and the United States, judicial independence in Canada, and the eighth edition of his casebook on criminal law. Dr. Friedland’s work as a consultant includes studies for the federal Somalia enquiry, the Criminal Justice Review Committee and the Office of the Attorney General of Ontario, and projects for other provincial and territorial governments. Other files document his activities as a member of the Board and Manuscript Review Committee of the University of Toronto Press, and a number of other organizations including the Canada-China Senior Judges Training program, the Osgoode Society, the Royal Society of Canada. Included are photographs and a video.
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For a detailed listing of this accession, see Finding Aid Inventory linked below.