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Agency ID2132
TitleCourt of Petty Sessions, Maytown
Agency TypeMagistrates Court
Start Date 16/12/1873
End Date 16/6/1927
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Held original jurisdiction in minor criminal cases.

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
11624Statements 21/1/1874 30/6/1891
11619Register of Wholesale Wine and Spirit Licences [Maytown] 26/6/1874 14/1/1881
11607Registers of Fines Collected 1/7/1874 17/9/1909
11618Register of Licensed Auctioneers 4/7/1874 6/1/1884
11620Registers of Publicans' Licences [Maytown] 4/7/1874 11/3/1913
11609Register of Fees Collected 8/7/1874 17/9/1909
11622Minutes of Proceedings 25/7/1874 14/12/1918
11625Cash Books 27/8/1874 1/11/1912
11626Ledgers 3/9/1874 14/10/1880
11605Register of Receipt and Disbursement of Damages 4/9/1874 17/7/1909
11623Depositions 21/9/1874 5/1/1884
11627Letterbooks 4/12/1874 5/7/1920
11616Butts of Hawkers and Pedlars' Licences Issued [Maytown] 9/3/1875 28/3/1889
11615Intestacy, Insolvency and Warrants of Execution Statements 1/11/1875 7/5/1917
11621Minutes of Proceedings 4/1/1878 13/6/1882
11614Registers of Judgments 4/1/1878 29/9/1917
11628Registers of Inward Correspondence 1/11/1881 31/5/1921
11630In-Letters and Register of Proceedings 11/7/1882 31/8/1919
11629Circulars 1/5/1883 31/12/1912
11608Treasury Receipts 1/11/1884 31/12/1899
11633Registers of Stock 1/1/1885 31/3/1921
11611Register of Warrants 15/4/1885 29/11/1906
11612Register of Summonses 20/4/1885 20/9/1906
11603Day Books 1/9/1887 30/4/1907
11617Register of Licences Issued [Maytown] 11/4/1888 8/4/1895
11606Register of Costs 21/9/1889 16/11/1889
11604Register of Disbursements 1/9/1900 31/12/1917
11634Letterbook of Depositions 5/9/1901 8/4/1904
11632Register of Charges and Sentences 23/5/1902 22/8/1918
11631Register of the Registration of Firms, Palmer District 1/3/1903 18/3/1927
11610Register of Aliens Applications 1/10/1916 31/5/1917
11613Register of Aliens Certificates of Residence 25/10/1916 25/9/1920
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 16/12/1873 29/7/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 29/7/1896 27/1/1904
19Department of Justice (I) 27/1/1904 16/6/1927
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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
Frew, J., Queensland Post Offices 1842-1980 and Receiving Offices 1869-1927, Watson Ferguson & Co., 1981
Queensland Government Gazette 1873, Vol XIV, No 119, p. 2139
Queensland Government Gazette 1927, Vol CXXVIII, No 158, p. 2035
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Legislation

Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
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
Evidence and Discovery Act 1867
Imperial Act 27 George III
Justices Act 1886
Oaths Act 1867
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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, Palmer River Gold Fields was proclaimed by the Governor in Council on 16 December 1873.

The settlement of Maytown was proclaimed on the Palmer River Gold Fields on 19 March 1890.

The Court of Petty Sessions, Maytown was abolished by gazettal proclamation dated 16 June 1927.

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 ID2132, Court of Petty Sessions, Maytown
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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