Series VPRS 6599
Crown Solicitor's Opinion Book
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Date Range: Series ? 1894 - ? 1952
  Series in Custody 1894 - 1952
  Contents 1894 - 1952
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1894 - 1952 Penal and Gaols Branch, Chief Secretary's Department VA 1464
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1983 - 1992 Office of Corrections VA 1063
2003 - cont Corrections Victoria VA 4819
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    This volume was used to record the opinions of the Crown Solicitor on matters referred to it by VA 1464 the Penal and Gaols Branch of the Chief Secretary's Department (VA 475). Opinions were sought on matters such as the interpretation of regulations and sections of legislation; the implementation of sentencing decisions; the rights of prisoners and the responsibilities of prison authorities in particular cases.

    The opinion took the form of an inward letter from the solicitor which contained a brief summary of the case as well as the opinion itself. Until the end of 1915, the contents of such letters were copied into this volume; the summary on the left hand page of each folio and the opinion on the right. The inward reference number allocated to the letter (an annual single number) and the date of the opinion was also noted. From 1916 the actual letter was pasted in the book although some letters were copied in the old manner until 1926. Copies of any memos, circulars, legislation, etc mentioned in the text of such letters were also pasted. Consequently some of the original requests for opinions are included.

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    Entries were made chronologically according to the date of the opinion although some of the initial pasted opinions appear to have been placed in the wrong order. An alphabetical subject index located in the front of the volume, however, gives the folio number for each opinion.

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