Born in 1906, David Verchere retired from the Supreme Court of B.C. in 1981 after serving 22 years as a judge. He then wrote A Progression of Judges, A History of the Supreme Court of B.C. (UBC Press, 1988) and its colourful and often controversial judges. Verchere says that after the entry of B.C. into Confederation in 1871 supreme court judges fought against being placed under provincial control. As Justice H.P.P. Crease put it, they didn't want to be made subject to a government whose members consisted of "political alchemists" and included a "livery stable keeper and a saloon keeper."

[BCBW 2003] "Law"

Reviews of the author's work by BC Studies:
A Progression of Judges: A History of the Supreme Court of British Columbia