Q.C.'s, Wigs, and Salaries:
Some Peripheral Matters
of the Court
The history of the court at the turn of the century may well be examined in the light of several peripheral events that occurred at that time. In particular, there are three matters deserving scrutiny: the approprivation by the provincial government (after its right to do so had been established in Nova Scotia) 1 of the right to appoint Queen's Counsel, the alteration made to the traditional forensic attire of both judges and lawyers by a law which banned the wearing of wigs in all courts in the province, and the efforts made by the benchers of the Law Society to obtain an increase in the judges' remuneration with the object of making judicial appointment more desirable, from a pecuniary point of view, for the members of the profession.
Queen's Counsel (or King's Counsel, depending on the gender of the reigning British monarch) are the offspring of an institution of considerable antiquity that came to Canada from England. They are lawyers who are honoured by the sovereign at the instance of his or her representative in Canada, the governor general or the lieutenant-governor in one of the provinces, by being appointed, in the words of the Letters Patent, "one of Our counsel learned in the law." According to Lord Campbell, a one- time lord chancellor of England, the appointment by Queen Elizabeth in