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Series VPRS 11627
General Sessions/County Court Criminal Record Book, Sale
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Date Range: Series 1862 - cont
  Series in Custody 1862 - 1951
  Contents 1862 - 1951
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1862 - 1968 Sale Courts VA 4009
1968 - cont County Court VA 686
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1968 - cont County Court VA 686
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  • How to use the Records
    Hearings are listed chronologically according to date so scan through the volume to find the relevant hearing. Therefore knowing the approximate date of the required hearing is the key to being able to use this series.

  • Function / Content
    The Court of General Sessions exercised a purely criminal jurisdiction within the County Court. This record was created to record cases heard in the Court of General Sessions at a particular and after 1968, the criminal jurisdiction of the County Court on circuit at a particular location.

    In 1968 local County Courts and the Court of General Sessions were abolished and one County Court for the whole of Victoria was established. Therefore all cases after 1968 are criminal cases of the County Court sitting on circuit at a particular location.

    The County Court heard cases of a more series nature than the Magistrates' Court. Cases heard include robbery, common assault and driving under the influence.

    Details recorded include: the number of the case for each session, name of the accused, offence they were charged with, the plea, verdict, listing of the verdict, the sentence (if found guilty), date of the sentence, the Jury (if required the individual members names were listed), the adjudicating magistrate and remarks in which any additional matters were recorded. The name of the Judge who presided over each session was listed at the top of the page. The title Court of General Sessions is crossed out for all cases after the Court of General Sessions was abolished and replaced with County Court at Sale.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Cases were listed in order of date of hearing. Cases within each session were numbered chronologically. An annual single number system was used to number cases. The numbers reverted back to 1 at the beginning of the each year.

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- 1869 General Sessions/County Court Appeal Record Book, Sale VPRS 11628
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P0001 1862 - 1951 Open 2
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