Agency VA 2955
Licensing Court of Victoria
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Date Range: 1917 - 1954
 
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Establishment and Constitution

The Licensing Act 1916 (No.2855) made provision for the concentration of the whole jurisdiction with regard to the granting of licences and their control and supervision under the newly constituted Licensing Court of Victoria (ss.34-37).

The new Court consisted of three magistrates, where formerly this function had been administered throughout Victoria by twenty police magistrates and three County Court judges (VA 2870). Each of the persons holding office as a member of the Licences Reduction Board (VA 2906) was, under the Act, immediately deemed to have been appointed a Licensing Magistrate (s.35). Centralised administration was achieved with the appointment of the Secretary of the Licences Reduction Board as the Registrar of the new court.

The system of licensing inspectors was continued, the duties of inspecting premises and enforcing the provisions of the Act being undertaken by nominated members of the police force who were not to be below the rank of sub-inspector. An additional duty of the inspectors was to submit an annual report to the Court.

Hearings were held on a circuit basis in courts of petty sessions appointed by the Governor-in-Council as licensing courts to serve various licensing districts. Notification of the annual sittings of the courts and their location appeared in the Government Gazettes.

The clerks of such courts would undertake the role of Licensing Clerk and would administer all licensing business in the locality and report directly to the Registrar of the Licensing Court.

Prior to the passing of the Licensing Amendment Act 1922 (No.3259) there were two hundred and seventeen licensing districts in Victoria each consisting of one division of an electoral district. However section six of the new legislation provided that an entire electoral district should be the licensing district, thereby reducing the number to sixty-five.

Functions

The Licensing Court had jurisdiction over all matters relating to:

( the granting or refusal of all applications for licences to be issued under the provisions of the Act;
( the revocation ,forfeiture, or cancellation of such licences;
( the imposition of penalties authorised by the Act;
( hearings of appeals from inspector's orders;
( the disqualification of licensed persons and premises.

The 1922 Act also empowered the Court to approve plans and to order the provision of additional accommodation and improvements where it thought them desirable section fourteen.

The Court continued until 1953 when legislation made provision for the establishment of the Victorian Licensing Court (VA 2905) in 1954.

Location of Records

Records relating to the activities of the Court can be found in VPRS 7784/P1 Licensing Court Memoranda and in VPRS 7785 Memoranda, Castlemaine Licensing Court. Records of district licensing courts may also be found among the records of the geographical grouping of courts, see 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
? 1913 - ? 1954 Licence Registers of Applications and Other Proceedings - Seymour VPRS 8403 North Melbourne Open
? 1940 - ? 1960 Record Cards of Infringements by Licenced Premises VPRS 7713 North Melbourne Open
? 1946 - ? 1954 Inspectors' Orders Book VPRS 7714 North Melbourne Open
? 1946 - 1951 Club Licence Registers VPRS 6301 North Melbourne Open
1879 - 1989 Register of Licence Applications, Warragul VPRS 11058 North Melbourne Open
1883 - 1923 Licensing Court Registers, Port Fairy VPRS 1540 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
1907 - 1923 Register of Owners of Licensed Premises, Warragul VPRS 11057 North Melbourne Open
1907 - 1936 Club Register, Yarram VPRS 11055 North Melbourne Open
1912 - 1946 Register of Licence Applications, Yarram VPRS 11717 North Melbourne Open
1917 - ? 1933 Miscellaneous Licensing Memoranda VPRS 7784 North Melbourne Open
1918 - 1926 Register of Licence Applications, Korumburra VPRS 11601 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
By 1853 - cont Licensing Register - Metropolitan VPRS 7601 North Melbourne Open
By 1877 - 1923 Licence Registers of Applications and Other Proceedings - Alexandra VPRS 8511 North Melbourne Open
By 1881 - ? 1954 License Register of Applications and Other Proceedings - Benalla VPRS 1907 North Melbourne Open
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1917 - 1954 Liquor licences, issue and registration of VF 302
1917 - 1954 Liquor licensing VF 94
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