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Series VPRS 12632
County Court Miscellaneous Register, Melbourne
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Date Range: Series ? 1938 - ? 1996
  Series in Custody 1938 - 1989
  Contents 1938 - ? 1990
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
? 1938 - ? 1996 County Court VA 686
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? 1938 - cont County Court VA 686
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  • How to use the Records
    No name indexes are known to have been created for this series. Researchers will need to know either the case number of the case of interest, or the approximate date on which the action was initiated. Once known, the relevant register volume can be identified by reference to the consignment details for the series. The consignment details records the case number range and 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.

    The Miscellaneous Register was used to record details of cases that were not registered in the County Court Register or, after 1972, the County Court Ordinary or Special Summons Registers (VPRS 3159, VPRS 12566, and VPRS 12567 respectively). Typical cases include actions instituted under acts of parliament that confer a specific jurisdiction on the County Court . For example, applications for registration of a birth after expiration of seven years. The register also includes details of cases transferred from a Magistrates' Court to the County Court.

    Information in the register includes:
    * Names of the parties to the action
    ;* Name of the legal practitioner acting for the plaintiff
    ;* Nature of the action; and
    * The order of the Judge.

    Note that some time could elapse between the initial registration of a case and the court hearing, after which the Judge's order was added to the original register entry. This is indicated by the series contents date range, which records the dates of the orders in the register. The contents dates are estimates only, based on a sample of register entries.

    Researchers are advised that the year in which the County Court first maintained the Miscellaneous Register is subject to further research.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Entries are in numerical order by case number. Cases were numbered from one each year. Several numbering systems are known to have been used. These were:
    * Annual single number, e.g., 1/38, 2/38, etc.,
    * Sequential number with alpha prefix 'M' (for Miscellaneous), e.g., M1, M2, etc.,
    * Annual single number combined with alpha prefix 'M', e.g., M1/89, M2/89, etc.

    Courtlink

    The Courts Management Division of the Attorney-General's Department introduced a computerised case management system known as "Courtlink" into all courts between 1988 and 1993. Courtlink is believed to have replaced the manual miscellaneous register by 1997. The information recorded in Courtlink in relation to County Court cases, the system of case numbering used, and the exact year computer registration of miscellaneous cases commenced is subject to further research.

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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1938 - ? 1972 Open 1
P0002 1969 - ? 1990 Open 11
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