State Records Office of WA SROWA

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

AU WA A102 - COURT OF GENERAL QUARTER SESSIONS OF THE PEACE

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Legal Status Text

Courthouse

Authorized form of name

COURT OF GENERAL QUARTER SESSIONS OF THE PEACE

Other form(s) of name

Description identifier

AU WA A102

Description area

Dates of existence

1830-01-01 - 1861-01-01

History

On 9 December 1829, Captain Stirling appointed Justices of the Peace to deal with civil and criminal matters. The greater part of their work was in connection with criminal offences and they held Courts of Petty and Quarter Session as in England. Quarter Sessions were held early in January, April, July and October in each year, the first sitting being in 1830.

The Quarter Sessions Act 1832 conferred on the Court power to hear and determine all felonies and misdemeanors committed in the colony, including forgery and perjury.

The Court of Quarter Sessions first sat in the office of the Deputy Harbour Master at Arthur's Head, Fremantle, and later in another room in Fremantle. It was not until the Courthouse was built in Perth in 1837 that Quarter Sessions were held in the capital.

The Court of Quarter Sessions and the Civil Court of Western Australia were amalgamated into the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1861.

Places

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Creation: 2 Wm. IV No. 4, An Act to extend Jurisdiction and Regulate the Proceedings of the Court of Quarter Sessions.

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

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

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1830-01-01 - 1861-01-01

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

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1861-01-01 -

Description of relationship

Related function

Related unit of description

Series S196 - REGISTERS - RETURNS OF CIVIL AND CRIMINAL BUSINESS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1851-01-01 - 1860-12-30

Related unit of description

Series S204 - MINUTE BOOKS - COURT OF QUARTER SESSIONS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1830-01-01 - 1861-01-01

Related unit of description

Series S260 - INDEX - DEPOSITIONS IN CASES NOT PROSECUTED

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1849-01-01 - 1861-01-01

Related unit of description

Series S261 - RETURNS OF PRISONERS COMMITTED FOR TRIAL

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1860-01-01 - 1861-01-01

Related unit of description

Series S270 - QUARTERLY RETURNS OF PRISONERS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1835-01-01 - 1855-01-01

Related unit of description

Series S49 - REGISTERS - CRIMINAL RECORD BOOKS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1830-01-01 - 1861-01-01

Related unit of description

Series S122 - FILES - CRIMINAL INDICTMENT

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1830-01-01 - 1861-01-01

Control area

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Final

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Sources

Archivist's notes