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Accession Number: 95-023


Judge G.L. Murdoch bench books fonds. -- 1963-1988. -- 68 volumes.

Biography / History

Gilbert L. Murdoch (1917- ) practised law for 25 years in Oshawa before being appointed as a Peterborough County Court Judge. He, and his wife Mary, moved to Peterborough from Oshawa after he was appointed late in January of 1976. While he was in Oshawa he was a former president of the Rotary Club, a city alderman and involved with the Royal Canadian Air Force Association's 420 wing. He was sworn into the Peterborough court on March 20, 1976 at age 59. Judge Murdoch retired in 1995.

Custodial History

The books were forwarded to the Trent University Archives on the authority of Judge Murdoch after his retirement from the bench.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of the bench books of Judge G.L. Murdoch from the court sittings of a circuit court covering Peterborough, Cobourg and Lindsay areas. The books note the defendent and prosecution names, the case number, exhibit numbers and short comments on the cases as the witnesses testify. The books comprise an "aide-memoire" for the judge as he listened to the various cases. Twenty-five of the books were the bench books of Judge Harry R. Deyman (1912-1975).


Title based on the contents of the fonds.

These bench books were donated by Judge G.L. Murdoch on his retirement from the bench.

The books are shelved in chronological order and are numbered on the spine by the donor.

Restrictions: There is a ten-year restriction on these books

For related records see: 89-002 and 94-001.