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FILES - FULL COURT LISTS

  • AU WA S203
  • Series
  • 1897-01-01 -

Files of Full Court Lists, being lists of cases being heard by the Full Court of the Supreme Court for each sitting (March, May, July, September, November for most years). Cases include motions for admission (by solicitors/barristers) and appeals ...

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FILES - INEBRIATES ACT

  • AU WA S852
  • Series
  • 1913-10-20 -

The Inebriates Act, No. 47 of 1912, allowed a Judge or Magistrate to place an inebriate in an institution for up to 12 months. The Court could also make orders on the person's property for maintenance and for payment of debts, or appoint a ma...

SUPREME COURT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

FILES - JUDGEMENTS

  • AU WA S575
  • Series
  • 1861-01-01 - 1881-01-01

Judgements, Nos. 1-2531, for 1861-1881, are located at item number 121-147 of Consignment 3580. These documents are judgements handed down in certain cases. Indexes to the judgements are at WAS 130 and details of the judgements are also found at W...

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FILES - LIEN ON WOOL

  • AU WA S246
  • Series
  • 1876-01-01 - 1888-01-01

In 1866 30 Vic No. 5 an ordinance to give a preferable lien on wool, became law. Where any person (usually a merchant) made a bonafide advance of money or goods or promissory note, he was given a preferential lien on the next ensuing clip of wool....

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FILES - MARITIME PRIZE COURT

  • AU WA S938
  • Series
  • 1914-01-01 -

Maritime Prize CourtWhen enemy vessels and cargo are captured in port or at sea at the declaration of war or during a war by the naval forces of a belligerent power, they have to be taken to a port in the captor's country for 'adjudicati...

SUPREME COURT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

FILES - MARRIAGE OF MINORS, LEGITIMATION AND BIRTH REGISTRATION

  • AU WA S819
  • Series
  • 1965-02-15 - 1975-08-11

The series contains files relating to 2 laws:A. The Commonwealth Marriage Act, No. 12 of 1961This allowed the Supreme Court to hear applications under certain sections of the Act. Files include applications under the following provisions:PART II. ...

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FILES - MARRIED WOMEN'S PROPERTY ACT

  • AU WA S853
  • Series
  • 1946-12-02 - 1952-06-19

The Married Women's Property Act, No. 20 of 1892, entitled a woman to retain her own separate property upon marriage. She could also enter into contracts, sue and be sued in respect of the property, as if she was a 'feme sole'. Unde...

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FILES - MINING ACT 1904

  • AU WA S869
  • Series
  • 1909-01-01 - 1939-01-01

The Mining Act (No. 15 of 1904) permitted any person claiming an interest in a lease or mining venture to lodge a caveat forbidding any transfer, change of proprietorship or other activity affecting that interest. A lessee, applicant, shareholder ...

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FILES - NOTICES OF EXECUTIONS

  • AU WA S275
  • Series
  • 1911-01-01 - 1932-01-01

These files contain certificates and declarations by the medical practitioner and witnesses of the execution of those sentenced to death at the Supreme Court 1911-1932. The declaration was subsequently published in the Government Gazette and a cop...

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FILES - PETITIONS OF RIGHT

  • AU WA S937
  • Series
  • 1881-10-19 - 1947-02-27

The Petition of Right was the form used under the Crown Suits Act 31 Vic No. 7 of 1867 for proceedings against the Crown for damages for breach of contract or for the recovery of property.Access to these files is through the registers (WAS 892). F...

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FILES - POWERS OF ATTORNEY

  • AU WA S935
  • Series
  • 1897-01-01 - 1969-01-01

The Powers of Attorney Act (60 Vic No. 2 of 1896) provides that an instrument creating a power of attorney may be deposited in the Supreme Court Office. These files consist of these deposited instruments.Many early powers of attorney were granted ...

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FILES - PREROGATIVE WRITS OF CERTIORARI, PROHIBITION, MANDAMUS AND HABEAS CORPUS

  • AU WA S860
  • Series
  • 1970-08-12 - 1974-03-14

This series contains files for several types of prerogative writs. These were writs issued by the Supreme Court for the supervision of inferior courts, tribunals and administrative bodies. The different types are described on the next page.The ser...

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FILES - PRIVY COUNCIL APPEALS

  • AU WA S879
  • Series
  • 1860-06-07 - 1924-01-22

In addition to the provision for appeals in civil matters made by the Civil Court Act, there was a common law right of appeal to the Privy Council in England, over decisions of lower courts. Criminal matters require an application to the Privy Cou...

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FILES - PROBATE

  • AU WA S34
  • Series
  • 1832-01-01 -

Until 1832 there were no legal means of dealing with the estates of deceased persons in Western Australia. (The estates of those who died in the colony between 1829 and 1831 were administered in Britain, were settled informally, or were settled la...

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FILES - PROBATE OFFICE CORRESPONDENCE

  • AU WA S886
  • Series
  • 1899-01-01 - 1930-01-01

These are the general correspondence files of the Probate Office. This includes general enquiries, supply of forms to solicitors and records kept in accordance with the Stamp Act 1902. These records concerned duties charged for instruments registe...

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FILES - RAILWAY ACT

  • AU WA S934
  • Series
  • 1880-01-01 -

The Railways Act 42 Vic 31 of 1878 made provisions for land to be taken, entered on, used or resumed for certain purposes relating to the building of railways.Persons affected had to establish title to the land and submit a claim to the Commission...

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FILES - RECIPROCAL ENFORCEMENT OF MAINTENANCE ORDERS ACT

  • AU WA S854
  • Series
  • 1941-06-18 -

The W.A. Reciprocal Enforcement Maintenance Orders Act, No. 27 of 1921, provided for the enforcement of maintenance orders in W.A. where the divorce and order were granted outside W.A. and vice-versa. The orders had to be registered with the Supre...

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FILES - REGISTRATION OF CROWN LIEN

  • AU WA S884
  • Series
  • 1977-01-01 -

Among the English laws adopted by Western Australia in the Adopting Imperial Act 3 Vic 8 of 1867, was 2 and 3 Vic C11. One of its provisions was for a "crown lien" to be taken out over property for monies owed to the Crown, such as failure to pay ...

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FILES - SETTLED LAND ACT

  • AU WA S887
  • Series
  • 1896-01-01 -

The Settled Land Act of 1892 allowed for the sale, lease or improvement of land which was the subject of a settlement.A settlement usually placed land in trust for a person, or limited land to a person for his/her lifetime by a will or a marriage ...

SUPREME COURT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

FILES - SPECIAL CASES STATED - MINING

  • AU WA S865
  • Series
  • 1888-01-01 - 1906-01-01

The Wardens' Courts heard cases on the goldfields. Many early Wardens had no legal training, so the Goldfields Acts of 1886 and 1895 made provision for them to reserve points of law for the opinions of the Supreme Court on any case before a ...

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FILES - TRANSFER OF LAND ACT

  • AU WA S940
  • Series
  • 1877-01-01 -

The Transfer of Land Act, 1874, introduced the Torrens system of land registration. This simplified the title to land, guaranteed it and facilitated dealings with it.Land granted prior to 1875 could be registered under this Act. If a question aros...

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GENERAL DOCUMENTS

  • AU WA S2984
  • Series
  • 1991-01-01 - 1992-12-31

General documents may be described as evidentiary material sourced both externally and internally for the Royal Commission into the Commercial Activities of Government and Other Matters. Externally sourced documents were gathered from public offic...

ROYAL COMMISSION INTO COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES OF GOVERNMENT AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

INDEX - DEPOSITIONS IN CASES NOT PROSECUTED

  • AU WA S260
  • Series
  • 1849-01-01 - 1878-01-01

Nominal index to depositions in cases not prosecuted. Index shows name and a (deposition) number. To locate deposition consult consignment listings for WAS 122 (criminal indictment files). When the case was prosecuted the deposition was included i...

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INDEX TO ADMINISTRATIONS/FORM AND PROCEDURES BOOK

  • AU WA S58
  • Series
  • 1832-01-01 - 1842-01-01

Index to Administration files and copies of Grants of Letters of Administration, (Nos. 1-22), 1832-1840. The second half of this volume contains copies of Forms of Plaints to be filed in Civil actions, 1836, and Rules & Orders for the regulation o...

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INDEX TO PROBATE AND ADMINISTRATION FILES

  • AU WA S55
  • Series
  • 1832-01-01 - 1939-12-31

Index cards to Grants of Probate and to Grants of Letters of Administration. The cards are arranged alphabetically and cover the period 1832 - c. 1939.Typically, the index cards which constitute this series show 1) the name of the deceased 2) the ...

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INDEX TO PROBATE AND ADMINISTRATION RECORDS

  • AU WA S1766
  • Series
  • 1900-01-01 - 1993-12-31

Card index on microfilm to grants of probate and letters of administration. This index continues on from the index at Record Series No. 55 which ceased at 1940. However, there is some overlap as this index includes some entries as early as 1900, ...

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INDEXES - APPEALS

  • AU WA S311
  • Series
  • 1924-01-01 -

Nominal index to appellants in appeals from lower courts, orders to review and cases started. Volume shows appeal number, names of appellant and respondent, nature of proceedings (whether appeal, order to review or case stated etc), court appealed...

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INDEXES - BANKRUPTCY ACT AMENDMENT ACT 1898

  • AU WA S167
  • Series
  • 1899-01-01 -

The Bankruptcy Act Amendment Act 1898 made provision for debtors to enter into compositions, schemes of arrangement or deeds of assignment outside of bankruptcy. It is the first comprehensive code for these types of proceedings and matters could p...

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INDEXES - BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS

  • AU WA S147
  • Series
  • 1892-01-01 - 1923-01-01

1892 Bankruptcy Act.Indexes (by name of debtor) to Bankruptcy proceedings, giving file number only. Indexes seem to duplicate each other, as first volume was completed information was transposed into new volume. This occurred twice. After 1923 the...

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INDEXES - BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS

  • AU WA S152
  • Series
  • 1892-01-01 - 1910-01-01

1892 Bankruptcy Act.Indexes to registers of notices, petitions and receiving orders. Index (by debtor's name) register, giving petition file number. Entries from 1892-1905 give book & page numbers for registers of notices, petitions and recei...

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INDEXES - BANKRUTPCY ACT AMENDMENT ACT 1898

  • AU WA S178
  • Series
  • 1899-01-01 - 1928-01-01

Index to debtors under Bankruptcy Act Amendment Act 1898.Appears to be a complete listing for the period 1899-1928.However, it does not relate to files (WAS 166). The number recorded is not the file number; it appears to be a number given by the O...

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INDEXES - BILLS OF SALE

  • AU WA S1475
  • Series
  • 1863-01-01 - 1900-12-31

Alphabetical indexes to some of the Registers of Bills of Sale. Details include name, Book no and page no in the book. See WAS 1434.

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INDEXES - CAUSE BOOKS

  • AU WA S186
  • Series
  • 1891-01-01 - 1894-01-01

Nominal index to Cause Book 5, 1891-1894. (WAS 185). Indexed by name of defendant only. (For plaintiff look in cause book itself, which is arranged alphabetically). Gives name of defendant and cause number (file number, WAS 201).

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INDEXES - CAUSE LIST BOOKS

  • AU WA S188
  • Series
  • 1896-01-01 - 1947-01-01

Indexes to Cause List books (WAS 187) giving number of action (civil writ number), plaintiff and defendant, page reference in cause list book.

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INDEXES - CORRESPONDENCE

  • AU WA S162
  • Series
  • 1902-01-01 - 1908-01-01

Nominal indexes to (inward) correspondence (whereabouts of which is unknown) of the Supreme Court.Shows name of writer, a (file) number, and the subject (in first volume only).

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INDEXES - CRIMINAL SESSIONS

  • AU WA S192
  • Series
  • 1861-01-01 -

Index of people tried at criminal sessions of the Supreme Court. Gives name of person and date of hearing, no other information. However, it is a useful index to Vol 1 of the Criminal Registers (WAS 49) from 1861.

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INDEXES - INQUESTS

  • AU WA S161
  • Series
  • 1904-01-01 - 1911-01-01

Nominal index of inquests. Gives name of deceased, number (not known to what this refers), verdict (ie, cause of death - suicide, drowning, natural causes, accidental etc).

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INDEXES - RECEIVING ORDERS MADE BY THE SUPREME COURT

  • AU WA S153
  • Series
  • 1892-01-01 - 1902-01-01

Bankruptcy Act 1892Nominal Index to Receiving Orders made by the court following a petition for bankruptcy being filed. Gives file number and date of receiving order being made.NB: Stamp on back of volume. "ORB". Therefore may have been an index f...

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INDEXES - REGISTERS OF CORRESPONDENCE

  • AU WA S207
  • Series
  • 1886-01-01 -

Indexes to register (WAS 208) of correspondence which came through the Attorney General's office.

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INDEXES - SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENTS (CIVIL)

  • AU WA S130
  • Series
  • 1861-01-01 - 1894-01-01

Indexes to Vols 7, 8, 9 of Cause Books and/or Record of Judgements of Supreme Court (WAS 131).1. Index for Vols 7 & 8 by plaintiff's name2. Index for Vols 7 & 8 bhy defendant's name3. Index for Vol 9 by defendant's name(Beginning in...

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INDEXES TO REGISTERS OF FULL COURT ORDERS (APPEALS)

  • AU WA S208
  • Series
  • 1897-01-01 -

Index to registers of Full (Supreme) Court orders or appeals. (Whereabouts of registers now known at this stage). Refers to number of action, parties, page in registers. There is no direct relationship between this index and the Appeals files (WAS...

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INSOLVENCY RECORDS (INSOLVENT ORDINANCE, 1856)

  • AU WA S52
  • Series
  • 1858-01-01 - 1871-01-01

Laws regarding insolvent debtors were first introduced in Western Australia in 1842 by 6 Vic. No. 11, which enabled any person, public body or partnership to apply to the Civil Court for an insolvency order. The Act was replaced by the Insolvent O...

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JUDGES NOTES AND CORRESPONDENCE

  • AU WA S271
  • Series
  • 1884-01-01 - 1895-01-01

Inward and outward correspondence mainly concerning applications for commissions for taking affidavits, also concerning cases eg, a lawyer writing for the judge's notes on a particular case. Judge's notes consist of notes on points of la...

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JUDGES' BENCH NOTES

  • AU WA S174
  • Series
  • 1883-01-01 -

Each Supreme Court judge and certain court officials kept notes during the course of proceedings. The court officials who kept records of proceedings included: 1. The Master of the Supreme Court, who was also the Registrar and the Keeper of...

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LETTERBOOK - REGISTRARS OFFICE SUPREME COURT

  • AU WA S210
  • Series
  • 1870-01-01 -

Office letterbook of the Registrar's Office, Supreme Court. Index of addressees at front.(Volume is in fragile condition due to ink of the writing corroding through the paper).

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LISTS OF CASES HEARD IN CHAMBERS

  • AU WA S403
  • Series
  • 1889-01-01 - 1890-01-01

The lists of cases heard by the Chief Justice in Chambers (summons, applications, motions etc) show date of hearing, parties, procedure (whether summons, motion etc) solicitor. There are no references to case numbers.

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LISTS OF CIVIL SITTINGS

  • AU WA S400
  • Series
  • 1898-01-01 - 1912-01-01

Lists of cases heard in the Supreme Court - civil sittings before a judge, a judge and jury, the Full Court, in Divorce. Cases are listed in numerical order as they came before the Court. The lists show date of hearing, cause number (WAS 201), par...

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LISTS OF CRIMINAL SITTINGS

  • AU WA S401
  • Series
  • 1903-01-01 - 1916-01-01

Lists of criminal cases heard in the Supreme Court, including criminal appeals. Cases are listed in numerical order as they came before the Court. These lists are similar to the Criminal Calendars (WAS 122, Cons 3660), however the criminal calenda...

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MINUTE BOOK - MARITIME PRIZE COURT

  • AU WA S939
  • Series
  • 1914-08-18 - 1915-06-14

Maritime Prize CourtWhen enemy vessels and cargo are captured in port or at sea at the declaration of war or during a war by the naval forces of a belligerent power, they have to be taken to a port in the captor's court.A Prize Court is speci...

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