Series VPRS 37
Habeas Corpus Writs
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Date Range: Series ? 1841 - cont
  Series in Custody 1842 - 1989
  Contents 1842 - 1989
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1841 - 1851 Supreme Court of N.S.W. for the District of Port Phillip VA 914
1852 - cont Supreme Court of Victoria VA 2549
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1852 - cont Supreme Court of Victoria VA 2549
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  • How to use the Records
    Browse or search the records details for the name of a detainee of interest.

    Alternatively, you can consult VPRS 16279 (date range 1858 to 1989) to get the brief number.

    Once you have the brief number, refer to the consignment details for the unit containing the briefs with numbers for which information is required.

  • Function / Content
    Writs of Habeas Corpus are directed at a person who detains another in custody and demands that the custodian produce that person before the Court for a specified purpose. A number of the Writs in this series are to the persons in charge of prisons requiring the production of a prisoner for examination as a witness in cases before the Court whilst others were sought when children had been removed by one parent from the custody of the other parent.

    This series consists of the files relating to applications for Writs of Habeas Corpus to the Supreme Court. Files may include a petition for Habeas Corpus, affidavits in support of the application and the Writ of Habeas Corpus.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Until 1856, files are arranged in chronological bundles with a cover board giving the numbers allocated cases within that bundle and the name of the person for whom the writ was applied for. From 1857, files are in consecutive number order. In 1985 the system of arrangement changed to an annual single number system.

    An Index to this series is located in VPRS 16279 (date range 1858 to 1989).

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? 1858 - 1989 Index to VPRS 37 Habeas Corpus Writs VPRS 16279
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1842 - 1924 Open 25
P0001 1925 - 1984 Open 10
P0002 1985 - 1989 Open 1
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? 1858 - 1989 Index to VPRS 37 Habeas Corpus Writs VPRS 16279
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