Series VPRS 10136
Register of Charges Heard Before the Governor
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Date Range: Series ? 1943 - 1997
  Series in Custody 1943 - 1997
  Contents 1943 - 1997
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1943 - 1997 His Majesty's Gaol, Pentridge (known as Pentridge Prison) VA 863
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1992 - cont Department of Justice VA 3085
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  • How to use the Records
    Researchers will need to know the approximate date of the hearing in which they are interested and the particular division (A, K, J, etc.) in which the prisoner was held at the time of the hearing. Scan the entries for the appropriate period.

  • Function / Content
    The framework for the Governor of a prison to hear charges is set up by section 51 of the Corrections Act 1986. Section 51 allows the Governor several options regarding charges against prisoners. The Governor may refer the charge back to the Chief Prison Officer for action, hear the charge, refer the charge to the police (this occurs if the charge is serious) or request that another governor hear the charge if they believe that they may have an interest which would prejudice a fair hearing.

    These records contain the date of hearing, name of prisoner, name of reporting officer, details of offence including the relevant regulation number breached and the result of the charge.

    It should be noted that each division within Pentridge had its own Governor, who would maintain their own separate sequence of these records.

    Prior to 1986 the Governor may also refer the charge to the Visiting Justice. See VPRS 11766.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The volumes in this series are arranged chronologically, accordingly to the date of the hearing within each of the separate divisions of Pentridge Prison.

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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1943 - 1965 Closed 3
P0001 1948 - 1997 Closed 40
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