Agency Details

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Agency ID1501
TitleCourt of Petty Sessions, Normanton
Agency TypeMagistrates Court
Start Date 20/5/1868
End Date 31/12/1964
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Held original jurisdiction in minor criminal cases.

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
11691Register of Arrival of South Sea Islanders at Sweer's Island 17/9/1868 22/12/1871
11690Register of South Sea Islanders Employed on Plantations 23/9/1868 26/3/1873
11682Register of Licence Fees Collected 16/4/1873 30/6/1898
14188Register of Warrants 6/4/1876 11/10/1934
11674Deposition Books 19/12/1876 21/7/1899
11676Register of Drays, Etc., Licensed 16/8/1881 14/4/1903
15136Seamen's Discharge Book 13/4/1882 30/1/1908
15135Seamen's Engagement Book 5/9/1882 30/1/1908
11666Register of Licences [Normanton] 9/1/1883 11/1/1908
11679Letterbooks 6/3/1884 12/9/1913
11675Register of Plaints 7/1/1885 8/11/1922
14186Judgment (Minute) Book 1/4/1885 24/12/1897
14187Plaint Book 7/4/1885 23/10/1892
11669Register of Fees of Office 8/9/1887 15/5/1911
11672Registers of Police Summonses 16/7/1888 4/11/1903
11668Register of Hotel Licensing [Normanton] 3/4/1889 1/4/1903
11677Register of Timber Licences 6/1/1892 1/8/1898
11684Register of Mortgages, Bills of Sale Etc. 1/5/1894 31/10/1909
11694Bench Record and Summons Books 4/5/1894 14/12/1912
11693Debt Attachment Book 5/2/1895 28/4/1916
11667Register of Wholesale Wine and Spirit Licences [Normanton] 1/1/1898 31/1/1905
11671Registers of Judgments 7/1/1898 16/4/1923
11681Register of Licence Fees 1/7/1898 23/6/1911
11687Register of Execution of Warrants 23/8/1898 12/2/1904
11678Register of Licences to Cut Timber 1/7/1899 31/1/1924
11692Minutes of the Proceedings 24/7/1899 26/6/1911
11680Register of the Warrants Issued and Land Sold 1/1/1903 31/12/1924
11683Register of Firms 1/3/1903 31/7/1931
11686Register of Minutes and Licences Issued [Normanton] 20/4/1903 26/11/1911
11695Register of Charges Laid 12/11/1903 13/8/1915
11685Register of Fines Collected 14/6/1909 25/5/1911
11673Register of Causes 6/1/1912 4/6/1914
11670Register of Applications - Publicans [Normanton] 15/4/1913 7/5/1930
11688Depositions and Correspondence 1/1/1919 31/12/1931
11689Depositions and Correspondence 1/1/1919 31/12/1936
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 20/5/1868 29/7/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 29/7/1896 27/1/1904
19Department of Justice (I) 27/1/1904 31/12/1964
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Remarks

Information Sources

Imperial Act 27 George III
An Act for regulating the police in the towns of Parramatta, Windsor, Maitland, Bathurst and other towns respectively and for removing and preventing nuisances and obstructions and for the better alignment of of streets therein (2 Victoria, No 2)
An Act to adopt and apply certain Acts of Parliament passed for facilitating the performance of duties of justices of the peace and for protecting them from vexatious actions and to prevent persons convicted of offences from taking undue advantage of mere defects or errors in form (14 Vcitoria, No 43)
Justices Act 1886
Justices Act Amendment Act 1964
Queensland Government Gazette 1868, Vol IX, p. 486
Queensland Government Gazette 1964, vol CCXVII, No 41, p. 827
Penberthy Fry, T., Australian Courts and Administrative Tribunals, University of Queensland, 1946, p. 139
Frew, J., Queensland Post Offices 1842-1980 and Receiving Offices 1869-1927, Watson Ferguson & Co., 1981
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Legislation

Establishing N/A
Abolishing Justices Act Amendment Act 1964
Administered An Act for regulating the police in the towns of Parramatta, Windsor, Maitland, Bathurst and other towns respectively and for removing and preventing nuisances and obstructions and for the better alignment of of streets therein (2 Victoria, No 2)
An Act to adopt and apply certain Acts of Parliament passed for facilitating the performance of duties of justices of the peace and for protecting them from vexatious actions and to prevent persons convicted of offences from taking undue advantage of mere defects or errors in form (14 Victoria, No 43)
Criminal Code Act 1899 (including Criminal Code)
Criminal Code Amendment Act 1922
Criminal Law Amendment Act 1892, 1894, 1945
Evidence (Attestation of Documents) Act 1937
Evidence and Discovery Act 1867
Imperial Act 27 George III
Justices Act 1886
Oaths Act 1867
Profiteering Prevention Act 1948
Recording of Evidence Act 1962
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
Under the First and Second Charters of Justice (proclaimed in 1787 and 1814 respectively under the authority of Imperial Act 27 George III) justices of the peace appointed by the Governor were granted summary jurisdiction to hear petty criminal matters in the first instance without a jury.

The powers of justices of the peace and of police magistrates to sit as petty sessions were ultimately codified in the New South Wales Acts of 1835 (2 Victoria 2) and of 1850 (14 Victoria 43). This latter New South Wales Act ultimately formed the basis of the Queensland "Justices Act of 1886", which legislated for the appointment by the Governor in Council of districts for the holding of courts of petty sessions. The Court of Petty Sessions, the Crown Lands Camp, Norman River was proclaimed by the Governor in Council on 20 May 1868.

The settlement of Norman River was proclaimed on 13 June 1868. It was renamed Normanton in 1872.

Records from the Court of Petty Sessions, Silkwood were transferred to the Court of Petty Sessions, Innisfail upon this Court being abolished by gazettal proclamation dated 8 October 1942. By a further gazettal proclamation dated 11 July 1946, the Court of Petty Sessions, Silkwood was reconstituted.

Under the "Justices Act Amendment Act 1964", from 1 January 1965 onwards: all courts of petty sessions districts were deemed to be magistrates courts districts, all places previously appointed for the holding of courts of petty sessions were deemed to be places for the holding of magistrates courts, all clerks of petty sessions were deemed to be registrars of magistrates courts.

FUNCTIONS:
Under a number of further Acts, the establishment of a place for the holding of a court of petty sessions was deemed to establish a number of further courts, for example, magistrates courts, fair rents courts, small debts courts. This agency definition will however be concerned purely with the court of petty sessions sitting as this court.

Courts of petty sessions had petty criminal jurisdiction and jurisdiction for summary actions of ejectment between lessors and lessees. Petty criminal jurisdiction is a complicated matter of law involving numerous Commonwealth and State statutes but can be briefly described as jurisdiction over summary trials of simple offences and committal proceedings for indictable offences sent to the Supreme Court.

In practice, if not in statute, courts of petty sessions were divided into three courts: police court (prosecutions commenced by police), summons court (prosecutions and proceedings for ejectment commenced by private prosecutors) and traffic court.

PORTFOLIO CONTROLLING:
Colonial Secretary 20 May 1868 - 6 Aug 1896
Home Secretary 6 Aug 1896 - 27 Jan 1904
Attorney General 27 Jan 1904 - 19 Nov 1907
Minister of Justice 19 Nov 1907 - 18 Feb 1908
Attorney General 18 Feb 1908 - 22 Oct 1919
Minister of Justice 22 Oct 1919 - 7 Apr 1920
Attorney General 7 Apr 1920 - 14 Nov 1957
Minister for Justice and Attorney General 14 Nov 1957 - 31 Dec 1964

NOTE:
Magistrates Courts were already in existence when Courts of Petty Sessions ceased to operate in 1964 and they took over most of the functions formerly carried out by the Petty Sessions Courts.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1501, Court of Petty Sessions, Normanton
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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