Series VPRS 10001
Case Files (Sample Only)
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Date Range: Series 1928 - 1955
  Series in Custody 1928 - 1955
  Contents By 1928 - Circa 1955
Public Access: Part Open
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
1928 - 1955 Office of the Public Solicitor VA 2282
Agency currently responsible for this SeriesAgency currently responsible for this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1995 - cont Victoria Legal Aid VA 4160
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Consult the Records Description List for the units containing the files for which information is required. For a file pertaining to a specific person, consult VPRS 6109 Index to Files to find the file number.

    Researchers should note that the series in custody is a sample only of the case files of the Office of the Public Solicitor. Those files originally in VPRS 10001 Case Files were sampled according to PROS 91/2 Records Disposal Schedule for Records of the Legal Aid Commission of Victoria under which case files are sentenced as Temporary, but that a sample of 1 file per 1000 should be retained as Permanent.

  • Function / Content
    The function of the Office of the Public Solicitor was to provide legal aid to paupers or persons able to satisfy a stringent means test as provided for in the Poor Persons Legal Assistance Act 1927. Representation was available for certain criminal and civil proceedings, including matrimonial causes, until the passing of the Legal Aid Act 1969 when responsibility for legal aid in civil and matrimonial cases passed to the Legal Aid Committee.

    The series in custody consists of a sample of the case files of the Office of the Public Solicitor. Files contain an application from the prospective client for legal assistance and a decision regarding the application with cases to do with criminal, civil or matrimonial matters. The file may also contain correspondence regarding representation, particularly in court. Barristers and solicitors claims may also be included as is a report of the case. Files may contain copies of evidence given and/or transcripts of the cases or the judgment as, for example a divorce decree nisi.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Files in this series were allocated a consecutive number from 1928 to1955. The sample is arranged with numbers in consecutive order.

    The records in this series are indexed by VPRS 6109 Index to Files

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1928 - 1937 Index To Files VPRS 6109
1936 - 1955 Register Of File Numbers [Reserialised as VPRS 6109] VPRS 6111
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 By 1928 - Circa 1955 Part Open 4
T0000 - Closed 0
Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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Date Range Series Title Series Number
1928 - 1937 Index To Files VPRS 6109
1936 - 1955 Register Of File Numbers [Reserialised as VPRS 6109] VPRS 6111
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