Agency VA 2905
Victorian Licensing Court
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Date Range: 1954 - 1968
 
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Establishment and Constitution

The Victorian Licensing Court came into operation on 30 June 1954. It was constituted under the Licensing Amendment Act 1953 (No.5767) and assumed the functions of the Licensing Court of Victoria (VA 2955).

The new Court was to be under the Chairmanship of a Judge of the County Court, the two other members being magistrates, with tenure extended from three to seven years (s.8).

The Act also made provision for the appointment of a Supervisor of Licenced Premises (s.11) who was aided by nine assistant supervisors. The duties of the office included examining and reporting upon the nature and extent of hotel accommodation for the public and the provision made for the supply of meals and refreshments in hotels; consulting with licensing inspectors on proposed plans for new licensed premises, or alterations and extensions to existing hotels and clubs and reporting to the Court re same; and generally assisting the Licensing Court (s.11.2-4). The new Supervisor's Department of the Victorian Licensing Court was staffed by members of the Police Force.

Functions

The Court had complete jurisdiction over the granting, transfer, cancellation and supervision of all liquor licences, with authority to impose penalties, hear evidence taken under oath and administer all related permits. Under the new legislation the functions of the Court were extended to include the control and supervision of "sanitation, hygiene, ventilation, cooling, heating, fire prevention and the cleanliness of food in all licensed premises".

For the purpose of reviewing licences annually the Licensing Court held Annual Sittings usually in November and December. Applications for renewal were made by all licensees, country licensees setting down their applications with the Licensing Clerk for that particular area. A magistrate held a sitting on the appointed day in the Court House at each of the prescribed centres.

The Court was not restricted as to the number of licences that it had the power to grant, the State having been constituted as one licensing district by the 1953 legislation (s.2). In the event of a cancellation of a licence the Court sat as the Licences Reduction Board (VA 2906) in order to fix compensation. This, and the acceptance of voluntary licence surrender were the only remaining functions of the Board until it's dissolution in 1968, when the Victorian Licensing Court was abolished and the Liquor Control Commission (VA 1110) assumed all the responsibilities associated with liquor licensing in Victoria.

Location of Records

For central records of the Victorian Licensing Court see list below. For licensing records of district courts see geographical groupings of courts in List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, sections 2.8.0.-2.256.0.

 
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? 1873 - 1969 Licence Registers of Applications and Other Proceedings - Wangaratta VPRS 8570 North Melbourne Open
? 1940 - ? 1960 Record Cards of Infringements by Licenced Premises VPRS 7713 North Melbourne Open
? 1955 - ? 1968 Licence Registers of Annual Hearings - Shepparton VPRS 8441 North Melbourne Open
? 1955 - ? 1977 Newspaper Clippings Relating to the Liquor Industry VPRS 7733 North Melbourne Open
? 1956 - ? 1966 Record Cards of Alterations to Licensed Premises VPRS 7737 North Melbourne Open
? 1958 - ? 1969 Licence Registers of Annual Hearings - Wangaratta VPRS 8568 North Melbourne Open
? 1959 - ? 1959 Club Register - Shepparton VPRS 8437 North Melbourne Open
? 1959 - ? 1969 Licence Registers of Temporary/Booth Licences - Wangaratta VPRS 8569 North Melbourne Open
? 1960 - ? 1978 Licence Registers of Temporary/Booth Licences - Shepparton VPRS 8439 North Melbourne Open
1879 - 1989 Register of Licence Applications, Warragul VPRS 11058 North Melbourne Open
1884 - ? 1964 Licensing Court Registers, Warrnambool (and Other Districts) VPRS 1544 North Melbourne Open
1885 - 1989 Register of Licence Applications, Sale VPRS 670 North Melbourne Open
1919 - 1988 Index Cards to Liquor Licences VPRS 17084 North Melbourne Open
1921 - 1964 Licensing Court Records [Wangaratta] VPRS 739 North Melbourne Open
1927 - ? 1974 Register of Licence Fees Paid VPRS 8160 North Melbourne Open
1966 - ? 1970 Card Index of Approved Public Hall Occupiers VPRS 8145 North Melbourne Open
By 1853 - cont Licensing Register - Metropolitan VPRS 7601 North Melbourne Open
By 1917 - cont Licensing Register - Country VPRS 7602 North Melbourne Open
By 1923 - ? 1975 Licence Registers of Applications and Other Proceedings - Shepparton VPRS 8438 North Melbourne Open
By 1955 - ? 1985 Licensing Fund Accounting Records VPRS 7708 North Melbourne Open
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1954 - 1968 Liquor licences, issue and registration of VF 302
1954 - 1968 Liquor licensing VF 94
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1954 - 1968 Courts VRG 4