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Series VPRS 5026
Court of Petty Sessions Maintenance Register
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Date Range: Series ? 1883 - ? 1955
  Series in Custody 1883 - 1955
  Contents 1883 - 1955
Public Access: Closed
Location: Ballarat
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1883 - 1955 Stawell Courts VA 917
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1883 - cont Stawell Courts VA 917
2010 - cont Melbourne Courts VA 518
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    The recording of cases in the register was generally according to the date of the Court hearing. Therefore, finding the details of a particular case is a matter of scanning through the register to find the relevant period/case of interest.

  • Function / Content
    The Maintenance Act 1928 and previously successive marriage Acts established provisions for maintenance support to be provided by husbands who had left their wives or children without means of support. Courts of Petty Sessions were empowered to hear complaints regarding desertion and to set levels and enforce the payment of maintenance. The Maintenance Act 1965 is still in force in Victoria (as at 1992). The Commonwealth Family Law Act 1975 also has provision for the granting of custody and maintenance and most orders are now made under this Act.

    Successive Justices' Acts and more recently Magistrates Court Acts have required the clerk or registrar of the court to make and keep a register of convictions, orders and other proceedings of the court. This register is the authoritative record of the court. Most courts maintained a separate register for maintenance matters.

    This record was created to record and enforce the payment of maintenance following a court order requiring that maintenance be paid for the support of a child. For each order, the details recording these payments were spread over a double page. Details recorded at the top of both of the pages were the name of the child, the Court making the order, parents name and address. The name of only one parent is listed. The date of the order is recorded at the top of the second page along with the weekly amount which must be paid satisfy the order. Most of the first page is devoted to recording the monthly amounts paid and the balance due. Any later proceedings in relation to the order are recorded on the second page. All orders in this series were made at Stawell Court of Petty Sessions. It is unknown whether registers exist for the years before or after those held in this series.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Each case was usually entered in the Register in chronological order by date of hearing.

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