622 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 4 J U L Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE
mulled over the evidence and the arguments of counsel; I sat with him many
times as he worked out the problems long into the night; and I came to
understand how difficult it is for anybody to try to discover the truth about
anything, and how hard it is to support one’s conclusions convincingly.
Mr. Justice Aikins devoted much of his life to public service. He worked
very hard getting everything right. Early in 1989 he reached the mandatory
age of retirement for judges. That fall he died.
1. See e.g. Terry Reksten, Rattenbury, 2nd ed (Victoria:
Sono Nis Press, 1998).
2. (London, UK: William Hodge, 1948).
3. A Progression of Judges: A History of the Supreme
Court of British Columbia (Vancouver: UBC Press,
4. The details of the tragedy are set out by Stevie
Cameron, with research help from Rod McDonell, in
Blue Trust: The Author, the Lawyer, His Wife and Her
Money (Toronto: Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 1999).
t t t t t