Series VPRS 8084
Register of Appeals to County Court, Melbourne
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Date Range: Series By 1892 - cont
  Series in Custody 1892 - 1979
  Contents 1892 - 1979
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
1892 - 1983 Office of the Victorian Government Solicitor (previously known as the Office of the Crown Solicitor) VA 667
1983 - cont Office of Public Prosecutions (Known as Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions from 1983-1995) VA 2550
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1983 - 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
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    System of Arrangement/Control

    Series in
    Custody: Chronological arrangement by year incorporating four different control mechanisms, namely:

    1892 - 1949 : range of years printed on spine
    1949 - 1974 : single number sequence
    1975: single number sequence
    1976 - 1979 : single number sequence (roman numerals)

    Contents in
    Custody: Entries are arranged in an annual single numbering sequence. The volumes incorporate an alphabetical index arranged by surname of appellant (except for 1975).

    Range of Control Symbols

    Series in
    Custody: 1892 - 1949 : 1892 - 1911 to 1944 - 1949
    1949 - 1974 : No.1 to No.28
    1975 : No.1 to No.5
    1976 - 1979 : No.I to IIV

    Contents in
    Custody: volumes - 1 (1892) - 870/79
    indexes - A - Z
    (within volume)

    *Gaps in
    Custody: 1958 to and including 1961
    1965

    Preservation Statement

    This series is in good condition. For its continued preservation, handle with care.

    Series Description

    This series comprises the Registers of Appeal cases heard in the County Court, Melbourne.

    Under Section 178, Part VIII of the Justices Act 1890, the justice/chairman of a Court of General Sessions was empowered to hear appeals from Courts of Petty Sessions. Those persons appealing against convictions or sentences were doing so under the provisions of section 127, Part VI of the Justices Act 1890.

    The Criminal Law Branch of the Office of the Victorian Government Solicitor (previously known as the Office of the Crown Solicitor) (VA 667) was responsible for the preparation, administration and prosecution of criminal cases on behalf of the Crown. The administration of appeal cases was a function of the Criminal Law Branch. This series was maintained by the Melbourne Appeals Section of the Criminal Law Branch and concerned only those appeals heard at the Court of General Sessions, Melbourne (known as County Court, Melbourne after 1968). The series functioned as a control record for the Melbourne Appeal Files which have been destroyed up to 1983.

    The system of arrangement for the series is chronological by year. Four different groups of control symbols have been used throughout the series in custody. The first seven volumes have chronological control symbols (1892 to 1911 - 1940 to 1944) and the next 26 volumes have sequential control symbols (1 - 28). In 1975 five separate volumes were created numbered 1 - 5 and from 1976 onwards there was another numerical sequence of control symbols, using roman numerals (I - VII).

    The front section of each volume was used to alphabetically index the surnames of appellants, referring the user to the relevant case number. The rest of the volume comprised appeal entries which are organised in case number order. The cases were registered using an annual single number system. Under this system registration numbers were issued in a continuous sequence beginning with number 1 at the start of each calendar year. The folios of the volumes were ruled into columns which detailed the following:

    Case Number (1892 to ct.)
    Name of Appellant (1892 to ct.)
    Respondent (prior to 1912 this column also incorporated `Justices' into the heading. This column usually gives the court of origin and in later years police officers were named as respondents)
    Conviction (from 1912 onwards became `Conviction Appealed Against')
    Date of Court (from 1912 onwards became `When to be heard')
    Result (from 1912 onwards became `Judgement of the Court')
    Costs (eliminated after 1894)
    Adjudicating Chairman (this column was incorporated into the volumes from 1912 onwards)
    Page Number (eliminated after 1894)
    Remarks (from 1912 onwards this column detailed respondents' representation)

    Sometimes additional numbers were written into the `Case Number' column. These are dates which relate to when the appeal was registered. The first four columns were filled out when the appeal was initially registered and the last four were completed after the appeal cases had been heard and determined.

    Two deviations from the original record keeping practice are evident. The first divergence occurred in mid 1968 and lasted until the end of 1973. It involved the incorporation of cards into the system. From 1968 to 1973 the last four columns in the Registers, namely (`When to be heard'/`Judgement of the Court'/`Adjudicating Chairman'/`Remarks') were not used, except to sometimes note `Carded' or `C' in the `When to be heard' column. The cards were arranged alphabetically by surname of appellant and recorded full details of the appeals. From 1974 until the present, all of the columns of the volumes have been used.

    The second deviation occurred in 1975 when a separately bound index was created. This index, entitled `Appeal Index 1975', has been registered as VPRS 8085. Prior to 1975 and subsequently, the index was located at the front of the Registers.

    P2 Consignment

    This consignment comprises a register spanning the period 1944 - 1949 which could not be located at the time of the transfer of the P1 consignment during 1991. This volume was found in 1992 in a records storage cage controlled by VA 862 Office of the Registrar General and Office of Titles in the building adjacent to the location in which the remaining volumes were located.

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P0001 1892 - 1979 Part Open 45
P0002 1944 - 1949 Closed 1
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