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178   LAWS OF ONTARIO

cations, professional or otherwise, required by the statute under which she is appointed.

Women are not qualified to act as jurors. The Jurors' 4ct expressly provides that "male persons" only shall be qualified and liable to serve. There was a provision in the old law for the issue of a writ summoning a jury of matrons where it became necessary to deter-mine whether or not a woman was pregnant, and for other purposes, but this writ was abolished in 1909, as many years had elapsed since it had been necessary to issue it. The courts now depend upon expert medical evidence in such cases.

Women may hold, and have held for many years, all the various municipal offices, such as that of clerk, treasurer, assessor, etc., as well as offices at the appointment of various school boards. But although women had been given the right to vote at municipal elections on equal terms with men in 1917, they were not rendered eligible for member-ship in municipal councils until 1920. The statutes down to that year in setting out the qualifications of councillors, stipulated that a


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