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CANADIAN JURIST HOLDS COURT IN AUTOMOBILE

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CANADIAN JURIST HOLDS COURT IN AUTOMOBILE

The Washington Herald
October 6, 1913


Sets Precedent When He Converts Motor Into Bench and Presides at Trial in Road.

Edmonton, Alberta, Oct. 5.—Automobiles have been used for all sorts of purposes, from operating a printing press to furnishing power for driving farm machinery, but it is believed that Judge Taylor, presiding officer in the Edmonton District Court, established a precedent when he converted his big touring car into a courtroom.

Judge Taylor was unable to get to Fort Saskatchewan to conduct the trial of Frank Georgeson, but rather than cause any unnecessary delay and inconvenience to the prisoner, he arranged to meet the latter on the highway bordering the district.

The prisoner was taken to the scene under escort of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced then and there.

Judge Taylor was hurried back to the city and presided at the opening of the fall session of court. The docket is unusually heavy this term, which explains the trial on the highway.



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