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Agency ID8781
TitleCrown Solicitor's Office II
Agency TypeBusiness unit or division
Start Date 22/4/1925
End Date 5/8/1937
Date NotesN/A

Provided legal services to the government

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19Department of Justice (I) 22/4/1925 5/8/1937
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1925, Vol. CXXIV, No. 117, p.1818
Queensland Government Gazette 1937, Vol. CXLIX, No. 37, p. 365
Queensland Government Gazette 1937, Vol. CXLIV, No. 139, p.1505
Queensland Public Service List 1930, p. 54
Justice Department, Staff files, Webb, Sir William F; QSA: A/20086; 25/3874

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Administered Constitutions Act 1867
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The position of Crown Solicitor has been in continuous existence in Queensland since separation from New South Wales in 1859; however, the position has not always been accompanied by a Crown Solicitor's Office. The first of these was from the time of the position's establishment in 1859 until the appointment of a Solicitor General in 1922.

From 1922 to 1925 (during the tenure of the first Solicitor General) the Office was substituted by the Solicitor General's Office. When the first Solicitor General, William Flood, resigned his position and was made a justice of the Supreme Court, the Solicitor General's Office was abolished, and on 22 April 1925 the Crown Solicitor's Office was re-established.

The Crown Solicitor's Office was responsible for legal services to the State of Queensland and advice to the Attorney General and other Ministers, government departments and other government agencies.

Attorney General 22 Apr 1925 - 5 Aug 1937

The Crown Solicitor's Office was one of the offices of the Justice Department under the supervision of the Attorney General. The Office included the Crown Solicitor and the Assistant Crown Solicitor, the Legal Assistant and Crown Prosecutor, an Asssistant Conveyancer and Legal Assistants.

The Crown Solicitor was elevated to the position of Solicitor General and the Solicitor General's Office was re-established on 5 Aug 1937; an Acting Crown Solicitor was appointed within that Office on 18 November 1937.

From 12 Aug 1890 to 13 Mar 1893, a Solicitor General was the Minister in charge of the Crown Solicitor's Office. From 1922 onwards, Solicitors General were public servants.

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID8781, Crown Solicitor's Office II
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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