Agency VA 667
Office of the Victorian Government Solicitor (previously known as the Office of the Crown Solicitor)
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The Office of the Crown Solicitor was established in 1841 with the appointment of James Montgomery as Crown Solicitor. The Office of the Crown Solicitor has been broadly responsible for the provision of legal advice and the conduct of criminal and civil proceedings on behalf of the Victorian Government, its departments and instrumentalities.

Functions of the Crown Solicitor

By 1858 two major branches had formed within the Office of the Crown Solicitor to separately administer civil and criminal proceedings. The Criminal Law Branch was responsible for the conduct of criminal proceedings, including the preparation of documents required for criminal trials and the briefing of the Crown Prosecutors. In 1983 all functions of this branch were transferred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (VA 2550). The Common Law Branch was responsible for the conduct of civil litigation.

Other branches were subsequently formed within the Office. The Conveyancing Branch assumed responsibility for the conduct of transactions relating to land and other property on behalf of other government departments such as Railways, Public Works and Education. The Workers Compensation and Motor Car Branch were formed to deal with workers compensation and motor car proceedings on behalf of government agencies.

From 1 March 1987 the Office of the Crown Solicitor became known as the Office of the Victorian Government Solicitor following an amendment to Schedule Two of the Public Service Act 1974. The Victorian Government Solicitor acts as solicitor to the Executive Government, ministers, government departments and instrumentalities and the Office provides legal services which range from the provision of legal advice, drafting and conveyancing services to the conduct of summary prosecutions and civil litigation.

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For records of the Office of the Crown Solicitor relating to criminal proceedings see also List of Holdings 2nd edition, 1985, section 3.4.2.
 
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? 1841 - 1996 Criminal Trial Briefs VPRS 30 North Melbourne Part Open
? 1855 - 1891 Criminal Trial Brief Register I VPRS 3523 North Melbourne Open
? 1861 - ? 1877 Register of Conveyances VPRS 7755 North Melbourne Open
? 1882 - cont Opinions VPRS 12949 North Melbourne Closed
? 1922 - ? 1928 Crown Purchases Register : Electricity Commission [RECORDS NOT TRANSFERRED] VPRS 8326 Other Closed
? 1966 - cont Memoranda of Advice VPRS 12775 North Melbourne Closed
1847 - 1922 Conveyancing Files I [SAMPLE ONLY RETAINED] VPRS 8320 North Melbourne Open
1847 - 1922 Crown Purchases Registers I [RECORDS NOT TRANSFERRED] VPRS 8323 Other Closed
1855 - 1921 Crown Purchases Register : Water Supply I [RECORDS NOT TRANSFERRED] VPRS 8327 Other Closed
1882 - cont Counsel Opinions VPRS 12782 North Melbourne Closed
1892 - 1961 Criminal Trial Brief Register II VPRS 3524 Other Part Open
1893 - 1922 Crown Purchases Register : State Schools I [RECORDS NOT TRANSFERRED] VPRS 8329 Other Closed
1915 - 1968 Crown Purchases Registers : Country Roads Board [RECORDS NOT TRANSFERRED] VPRS 8325 Other Closed
1921 - 1982 Crown Purchases Registers : Water Supply II [RECORDS NOT TRANSFERRED] VPRS 8328 Other Closed
1922 - 1982 Crown Purchases Registers : State Schools II [RECORDS NOT TRANSFERRED] VPRS 8330 Other Closed
1922 - 1986 Conveyancing Files: II [SAMPLE ONLY RETAINED] VPRS 8321 North Melbourne Open
1922 - 1986 Crown Purchases Registers II [RECORDS NOT TRANSFERRED] VPRS 8324 Other Closed
1936 - Circa 1990 Card Index to Litigation Files [RECORDS NOT TRANSFERRED] VPRS 8666 Other Closed
1962 - 1981 Card Register to Criminal Trial Briefs VPRS 8086 North Melbourne Closed
1975 - 1975 Index to Register of Appeals to County Court, Melbourne VPRS 8085 North Melbourne Open
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- 1983 Criminal proceedings VF 430
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1841 - 1851 Superintendent, Port Phillip District VRG 11
1851 - cont Law VRG 19