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Series VPRS 11694
County Court Common Law (Civil) Register, Warragul
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Date Range: Series 1880 - 1989
  Series in Custody 1880 - 1989
  Contents 1880 - 1989
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1880 - 1968 Warragul Courts VA 4015
1968 - 1989 County Court VA 686
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1968 - cont County Court VA 686
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    No name indexes are known to have been created for this series. Researchers will need to know the approximate date on which the summons initiating the action was lodged with the court. Once known, the relevant register volume can be identified by reference to the Records Description List for the series. The Records Description List records the date range for each volume.

  • Function / Content
    Successive County Court Rules have required the registrar of the court to keep a register of all verdicts, orders and judgements of the court. The register is the authoritative record of the court.

    This series was used to register common law actions. Examples include damages for negligence (motor car collision, master and servant claims), personal injuries, property damage / loss of profit.

    Registration Process

    An entry in the register was initiated upon lodgement of a summons with the court by the solicitor acting on behalf of the plaintiff. Recordings were then made as the case progressed towards trial. Register details include:

    The names and addresses of the plaintiff and defendant
    Number of the plaint
    The legal practitioner acting for the plaintiff
    The nature of the action
    The amount of the claim
    Date defence filed; and
    The order of the Judge.

    Note that register entries are not always complete. One reason was that cases may have been settled before going to trial. Unsystematic recordkeeping practice may also have played a part in some instances. For example, an order may have been recorded on the case file only (the file raised to hold the various process documents relating to each case). Case files are not in Public Record Office custody.

    The P1 consignment was transferred from Moe Courts in 1999. The P2 consignment was transferred form Morwell Courts in January 2003.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Cases were registered in numerical order as the summons was lodged with the court. The next available number in the register was allocated to the next case. Registration number order also tends to be in chronological order by date of lodgement of the summons. Numbers start afresh from 1 at the start of each year.

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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1880 - 1963 Open 3
P0002 1960 - 1989 Open 2
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