Agency Details

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Agency ID3680
TitleCourt of Petty Sessions, Laidley
Agency TypeMagistrates Court
Start Date 8/10/1886
End Date 31/12/1964
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Held original jurisdiction in minor criminal cases.

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
3967Plaint Book 27/1/1887 21/9/1898
3966Police Charge Bench Books 9/9/1903 8/12/1908
3977Register of Tobacco Licences 2/10/1910 26/1/1938
3964Bench Record and Summons Books 14/4/1915 7/5/1935
3970Judgment Books 25/10/1922 22/10/1923
3973Registers of Licensed Auctioneers and Commission Agents 11/4/1923 16/4/1958
3975Licence Book [Laidley] 16/9/1925 27/1/1944
3976Register of Slaughterhouse Licences 9/2/1927 18/10/1956
3979Registers of Liquor Licences [Laidley] 25/11/1935 28/7/1938
3978Record of Liquor Licence Applications [Laidley] 25/11/1935 31/12/1964
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 8/10/1886 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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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
9683Licensing Court, Laidley
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Subsequent Agencies

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Related Agencies

Agency IDTitleRelationship
8766Small Debts Court, Laidleyminor court
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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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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 1886, Vol XXXIX, No 67, p. 1384
Queensland Government Gazette 1964, vol CCXVII, No 41, p. 827
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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, Laidley was proclaimed by the Governor in Council on 8 October 1886.

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.

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 ID3680, Court of Petty Sessions, Laidley
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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