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Agency ID785
TitleCourt of Petty Sessions, Ravenswood
Agency TypeMagistrates Court
Start Date 17/6/1870
End Date 13/7/1961
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Held original jurisdiction in minor criminal cases.

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
11751Deposition Books 28/6/1870 14/7/1911
11750Registers of Fees of Office 11/7/1870 18/2/1909
11749Registers of Fines 11/7/1870 18/2/1911
11748Statistical Register; Record of Intestate Estates; Return of Notes; Register of Bills of Sale 1/1/1871 31/12/1876
11747Register of Shares in Various Mines, and of Their Transfer 1/1/1872 31/7/1873
11738Registers of Publicans' Licences [Ravenswood] 1/1/1872 3/1/1901
14687Depositions and Associated Papers 1/1/1873 31/12/1875
11741Inward Letters 1/1/1883 31/12/1901
11739Plaint Books [Small Debts Court/Magistrates Court, Ravenswood] 12/8/1884 12/9/1957
11746Bailiff's Book 1/1/1885 31/12/1905
11737Register of Billiard and Bagatelle Licences [Ravenswood] 30/6/1886 9/4/1904
11736Register of Quarterly and Annual Meetings of the Licensing Authorities [Ravenswood] 1/1/1893 31/12/1921
11735Register of Tobacconists' Licences 3/12/1895 14/4/1954
11734Register of Wine Licences [Ravenswood] 3/10/1900 3/4/1901
11733Registers of Renewal and Transfer of Victuallers' Licences [Ravenswood] 3/4/1901 12/5/1943
11745Register of Firms 26/3/1902 11/5/1914
18639Stock Mortgages Register 1/1/1903 31/12/1913
11730Register of the Registration of Firms 1/1/1903 31/12/1953
11732Register of Licences Issued [Ravenswood] 6/1/1903 2/2/1910
7392Cash Book 16/3/1904 28/3/1904
11744Register of Old Age Pension Claims 13/6/1908 5/5/1909
11743Register of Warrants and Summonses 21/8/1913 10/2/1948
11731Bench Record and Summons Book 31/8/1922 31/5/1961
11742Register of the Issue of Writs of Execution 14/8/1930 27/3/1942
7402Register of Liquor Licences [Ravenswood] 25/11/1935 31/12/1960
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 17/6/1870 29/7/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 29/7/1896 27/1/1904
19Department of Justice (I) 27/1/1904 13/7/1961
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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 1870, Vol XI, No 57, p. 745
Queensland Government Gazette 1961, Vol CCVII, No 74, p. 1056
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 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, 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
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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 Ravenswood Gold Fields was proclaimed by the Governor in Council on 17 June 1870.

The settlement of Ravenswood was established on the Ravenswood Gold Fields in 1872.

The Court of Petty Sessions, Ravenswood was abolished by gazettal proclamation dated 13 July 1961.

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 17 Jun 1870 - 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 - 13 Jul 1961


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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID785, Court of Petty Sessions, Ravenswood
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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