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Agency ID2128
TitleCourt of Petty Sessions, Byerstown
Agency TypeMagistrates Court
Start Date 21/7/1876
End Date Circa 31/12/1889
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Held original jurisdiction in minor criminal cases.

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
11189Minutes of Proceedings 10/4/1876 16/4/1879
11188Register of Judgments 18/9/1876 10/6/1879
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 21/7/1876 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
Penberthy Fry, T., Australian Courts and Administrative Tribunals, University of Queensland, 1946, p. 139
Queensland Government Gazette 1876, Vol XIX, No 10, p. 140
Queensland Blue Book 1889
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Legislation

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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, Byerstown was proclaimed by the Governor in Council on 21 July 1876.

The Court of Petty Sessions, Byerstown was no longer in existence by the end of 1889.

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.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID2128, Court of Petty Sessions, Byerstown
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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