In 1900, Charles Burke Elliott's manual on trial and appellate practice in Minnesota was published by the Keefe-Davidson Law Book Company of St. Paul. It is posted here.
At that time, Elliott was a district court judge in Hennepin County, Minnesota. He served on the Minneapolis Municipal Court, 1890-1893, on the Fourth Judicial District Court, 1893-1905, and as Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, 1905-1909, when he resigned to accept President Taft's appointment to be Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the Philippines, where he served 1909-1912. He was a member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School 1893-1909. During these years, he wrote and published many books and articles on the law.
In a preface to his manual on trial and appellate practice, he wrote:
"A few words only are necessary with reference to the scope of this work. It treats of local practice in civil actions and hence excludes a full consideration of the practice in special proceedings. To cover the subjects of justice court practice and the various special and collateral proceedings would require a book of more than twice the size of this Volume. If in its present form the book proves to be a useful handbook, I shall feel fully repaid for the labor devoted to its preparation."
Over two decades later, Elliott, now in private practice, concluded that the trial bar could benefit from a more current version of his practice manual. His two volume Practice and Procedure in Minnesota was published by LaVallee Law Book Company of St. Paul in 1923.
No reviews of Judge Elliott's 1900 practice manual have been found.
Posted MLHP: August 15, 2016.