Series VPRS 8086
Card Register to Criminal Trial Briefs
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Date Range: Series 1962 - 1981
  Series in Custody 1962 - 1981
  Contents 1962 - 1981
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1962 - 1983 Office of the Victorian Government Solicitor (previously known as the Office of the Crown Solicitor) VA 667
1983 - cont Office of Public Prosecutions (Known as Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions from 1983-1995) VA 2550
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1983 - cont Office of Public Prosecutions (Known as Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions from 1983-1995) VA 2550
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    This series comprises cards recording the allocation of file numbers controlling the arrangement of files which make up VPRS 30 Criminal Trial Briefs.

    The cards are arranged in an annual single number sequence. The case number and year are at the top-left and bottom-left corners of the card. References to file numbers in both this series and the alphabetical index from 1971 are complicated in that the year component of the file number is expressed as an alphabetical letter (e.g. 1971 = A, 1972 = B, etc). This practice was adopted by the agency to aid in the physical storage of files and these letters were generally not marked anywhere on the actual file. (These alphanumeric references are also found in VPRS 14427 CMS (Case Management System) Database and in the early entries of VPRS 14415 PRISM (Prosecution Records Information Systems Management) Database. Neither of these series has been transferred to Public Record Office Victoria (PROV).

    The 200th case of 1972 would therefore be B/200. Use this number to order files from VPRS 30 Criminal Trial Briefs.

  • Function / Content
    Until 1961, file numbers were allocated from VPRS 3524 Criminal Trial Brief Register II, a microfiche copy of which has been created for reference purposes. Use of the register was discontinued at the start of 1962 in favour of this card system in which a separate card was generated for each individual file.

    In addition to recording the file number, each card records essentially the same information found in the entries of the previous register. Details recorded include the name of defendant(s), dates, locations, charges faced and pleas given at the committal hearing and resultant trial and, if applicable, trial verdict and sentence.

    The cards comprising this series are arranged in file number order. The file number consists of an annual single number in which each file is numbered sequentially within each year: thus the first file created in 1962 is numbered 1962/1. During the life of this series, however, all files relating to incomplete cases were allocated a new number at the start of a new calendar year.

  • Recordkeeping System
    A card index arranged alphabetically by surname of the accused was also created for the period 1962 - 1987, however this index has not been transferred to PROV. This series was discontinued at the end of 1987 when a computer based control system was introduced.

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Controlled SeriesControlled Series
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1962 - 1981 Criminal Trial Briefs VPRS 30
Previous SeriesPrevious Series
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Transfer Date Series Title Series Number
- 1962 Criminal Trial Brief Register II VPRS 3524
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1962 - 1981 Closed 51
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