In explaining why Duff became an important judicial figure for the Canadian Supreme Court during the 1930s, it is first necessary to have a basic understanding of the history of the Court, its changing role in Canadian society, and the emerging trends in constitutional and legal analysis that by the 1930s strengthened the movement to end appeals to the Privy Council.
As will be shown, Lyman Poore Duff served as a major symbol in this transformation of the Court's reputation.
Duff was born in Ontario in 1865, the son of a Congregationalist minister of Scottish and English ancestry.
Appointed to the British Columbia Supreme Court in 1903, Duff had only three years of judicial experience prior to his promotion to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1906 at the youthful age of forty-one.
Duff also served on several commissions during his years at the Court.
Duff received a number of personal accolades and awards following World War I.
The remainder of this article explores how portrayals of Duff that highlighted these personal characteristics and professional experiences were used to legitimate the modern Supreme Court.
Across the street at Bobbins tearoom and craft shop, an assistant confirmed it is co-owned by Susan Duff and that she regularly works there twice a week.
One local said: "William Duff is never seen in the two local pubs, the Glenleven or the Trust, nor does he mix very much in the area.
He tries to be aloof." Duff was born in Castlemilk, Glasgow, one of two boys whose father was an engineer.
and alerted Greater Glasgow Health Board, but their worries were waved away with an explanation that Mr Duff was simply a good businessman.
Dentists who knew Duff as a student at Glasgow Dental School, where he graduated in 1984, remember him as a quiet lad who rarely socialised.
Another added: "Guys such as Duff reflect appallingly on a hard-working profession."
Former patients reveal nothing was ever too much trouble for Duff, but there was a darker side that hinted all was not as it seemed.
"This is a scary and upsetting situation for anyone to go through, but Hilary is thankful that her family, her staff, her home and her pets are all safe," Duff
's spokesperson told (http://www.tmz.com/2017/07/23/hilary-duff-robbed-expensive-jewelry/) Us Weekly of the incident.