Series VPRS 16170
Criminal Trial Briefs, Sub-set of VPRS 30 Criminal Trial Briefs and VPRS 14414 Prosecution and Litigation Records
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Date Range: Series 1996 - cont
  Series in Custody 1996 - 1999
  Contents 1985 - 1999
Public Access: Closed
Location: Other
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1996 - cont Office of Public Prosecutions (Known as Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions from 1983-1995) VA 2550
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2008 - 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
    Researchers may search in the series to retrieve particular files. You may search by names of the accused or by registration number of the files.

    Some files in this series were registered in both the Case Management System database and in Prosecution Records Information Systems Management (PRISM) database. Such files had two legitimate file registration numbers.

    In some cases that went before the courts, more than one individual was involved in a crime (co-accused). In such matters the prosecution file referred to the various individuals involved. In these cases two or more people are given a file number jointly. The information or evidence on the file was not discrete. In this way a number of people were referred to in a single file.

  • Function / Content
    This series comprises the documentation created in the course of the prosecution of individuals committed for trial on indictable and capital offences. The contents of this series was gathered, created and maintained by the recording agencies which were responsible for preparing and prosecuting such cases on behalf of the Crown.

    In the past records such as these were titled Criminal Trial Briefs although the brief itself was part of a much larger accumulation.

    This accumulation commenced when an individual had been committed and the papers used by the Crown in the committal hearing had been received from the committing court. Papers generated during the subsequent trial preparation and prosecution process were added so that by the end of the prosecution, the documentation for each case may have consisted of a number of items.

    Documentation for a completed case typically contained the following elements:

    Original depositions (including exhibits). These are the papers sent from the committing court, forming the basis of the prosecution. They include the depositions (or statements) of various witnesses and associated documents such as witness recognisances, bail documentation and subpoenas. These were usually bound together in some way and a cover sheet containing summary information about the prosecution was usually attached. Researchers should note that exhibits which are private or police property are returned to their owners at the conclusion of the trial.

  • Recordkeeping System
    For some years prior to 1996 the Office of Public Prosecutions criminal trial briefs were registered in the CMS (Case Management System) Database. Each file was given a number from CMS, an alpha-numeric code, for example: Z876 or ZB 404. The Z or ZB represented a year date and the numbers were the next sequential number in the system.

    In October or November 1996 a new file registration number system was introduced. It was known as the PRISM (Prosecution Records Information Systems Management) Database. At the time when PRISM was introduced, there were approximately 2000 cases pending in the CMS system. These cases were registered into the PRISM database that used an annual-single number system, where the first two digits represented the year (e.g., [19]97) followed by five digits representing the sequential number for that file (05927). Some of the files in this series then had two file numbers, e.g., Z/786 and 9705927.

    In cases where there were a number of individuals accused of a crime, the case of each of the accused was registered, some in the CMS system (alpha-numeric) and others of the accused into the PRISM system (annual single-number). The files of the co-accused could not be separated as the information in the files related to multiple defendants.

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0 - 1996 Criminal Trial Briefs VPRS 30
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1985 - 1999 Closed 18
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