State Records Office of WA SROWA

Government of Western Australia, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

AU WA A1595 - BUNBURY COURT OF PETTY SESSIONS

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Legal Status Text

Court

Authorized form of name

BUNBURY COURT OF PETTY SESSIONS

Other form(s) of name

Description identifier

AU WA A1595

Description area

Dates of existence

1829-12-01 - 2005-05-01

History

At the time of settlement of Western Australia no special consideration had been given to the administration of justice in the Colony other than to give Stirling a Commission of the Peace as Lieutentant Governor. Eight Justices of the Peace were appointed in December 1829 to assist Stirling and heard both criminal and civil cases at Quarter and Petty Sessions. An Act to regulate summary proceedings before Justices of the Peace was passed in 1844 [12 of 1844], and was further extended the following year with an ordinance enabling the trial of criminal offences in regional areas. [4 of 1845] Records of the Courts were to be transmitted to the Quarter Sessions. The Magistrates District Act 1886 , and the Justices Act 1902 more clearly established the Court of Petty Sessions and regional registries. Should no Clerk be appointed, or if the Clerk was absent, the position could be discharged by a Police or Resident Magistrate or could be delegated by Justices in Petty Sessions to a police officer. The Stipendiary Magistrates Act 1957 required the Chief Stipendiary Magistrate to arrange sittings of both Petty Sessions and Local Courts.

A Resident Magistrate was appointed to the Wellington District, sitting at Bunbury, in 1838, and additional magistrates appointed to the district in 1841. A Clerk was appointed to Bunbury in 1841. A combined Court and Police Station was built at Bunbury around 1855, and a new courthouse was built in 1907. However, the Courts quickly took up addtional space in surrounding buildings. A new Court complex was completed in 1984.

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Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Creation: An Act to regulate summary proceedings before Justices of the Peace 1844
An ordinance to make provision for the Trial of Criminal Offences at Albany and other remote Districts of the Colony of WA 1845
Magisterial Districts Act 1886, No 50 Vict No. 17 (from 16/8/1886);
Justices Act 1902
Local Courts Act 1904, No 51 of 1904 (from 1/1/1905).
Stipendiary Magistrates Act 1957
Abolition: 1 May 2005. Criminal Procedure and Appeals Act 2004 and Courts Legislation Amendment and Repeal Act 2004.
Gazetted 31 December 2004, p. 7128.

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

AU WA A1594 - MAGISTRATES COURT - BUNBURY REGISTRY (2005-05-01 -)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A1594

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

-

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A44 - SUPREME COURT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (1861-01-01 -)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A44

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

-

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A1260 - DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL (2006-02-01 -)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A1260

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

-

Description of relationship

Related function

Related unit of description

Series S4262 - CHARGE SHEETS (Draft)

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

-

Related unit of description

Series S4163 - CHARGE SHEETS - POLICE (Draft)

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1966-01-01 - 1974-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S4164 - CHARGE SHEETS - TRAFFIC (Draft)

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

-

Related unit of description

Series S4436 - CHARGE SHEETS - FOREIGN COURTS (Draft)

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

-

Control area

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Draft

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Sources

Archivist's notes