Jim Phillips, legal historian, Loyalist judges
University of Toronto
Jim Phillips is a Professor in the Faculty of Law and Department of History, at the University of Toronto. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. His books include Essays in the History of Canadian Law Volume 10: A Tribute to Peter Oliver (Toronto: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and the University of Toronto Press, 2008); editor with R.Roy McMurtry and Jack Saywell; The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia 1754-2004: From Imperial Bastion to Provincial Oracle (Toronto: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and the University of Toronto Press, 2004); editor with P. V. Girard and J.B. Cahill; Murdering Holiness: The Trials of Franz Creffield and George Mitchell (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2003); with R. Gartner; Essays in the History of Canadian Law: Volume Three Nova Scotia (Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and University of Toronto Press, 1990); editor with P.V. Girard. His current projects include a study of the attempts by the Nova Scotia Assembly to impeach two judges of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in the late 1780s and early 1790s. Central to this episode were the conflicts between loyalist lawyers and the pre-loyalist legal elite.