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Hugh Richardson

The Honourable Hugh Richardson


1887 - 1903   Justice of the Supreme Court of the North-West Territories

Hugh Richardson was born in London, Ontario on July 21, 1826. He received his education at Osgoode Hall in Toronto and was admitted to the Ontario bar in 1847.

In 1876 he was sent to the North-West Territories to act as a Stipendiary Magistrate (pursuant to the North-West Territories Act of 1875 a barrister with five years experience could preside as a part-time judge) and legal advisor to the newly appointed Lieutenant-Governor.

Hugh Richardson, as Stipendiary Magistrate, presided over the trial of Louis Riel in 1885.

In 1887 the Supreme Court of the North-West Territories was established and he was one of five puisne judges appointed to that Court. He presided in the jurisdiction of Western Assiniboia, Regina, until his retirement in 1903. The Honourable Hugh Richardson died ten years later in 1913.

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