Series VPRS 1792
Children's Court Register
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Date Range: Series 1907 - 1961
  Series in Custody 1907 - 1961
  Contents 1907 - 1961
Public Access: Part Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1907 - 1961 Richmond Courts VA 590
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2002 - cont Children's Court of Victoria VA 4190
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  • How to use the Records
    Cases were recorded in Childrens Court Registers in chronological order by the date of hearing.

  • Function / Content
    Children's Courts were established in Victoria by the Children's Courts Act 1906. This Act came into operation on 1 December 1906. Children's Courts could sit at any place where a Court of Petty Sessions/Magistrates' Court sat.

    The 1906 Act and subsequent legislation required clerks of Children's Courts to keep a register of all cases and decisions of the court. The Acts also set out the form that the register should take. The Childrens Court Register records the case number, the name of the informant or applicant, the name of the accused or defendant, his or her age or apparent age, how the defendant was brought to court (arrest warrant or summons), the court fees due, the nature of the information, charge or application, the courts decision and order and any remarks. The payment of fines or fees is often recorded in the remarks column.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Entries in the volumes were made in chronological order by the date the child came before the court and each case received a consecutive number. An annual single numbering system was usually used, thus the numbering sequence reverted to 1 at the beginning of each year. Most courts did not create a name index to children's court cases.

    The case number, allocated at the time of entry in the register, was also annotated onto all documents lodged with the court during the case. The documents were known as "process" and were placed together to create a case file. In most instances these files were destroyed about fifteen years after the completion of the case to which they related.

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