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DEBTOR SUMMONS BOOK

  • AU WA S62
  • Series
  • 1873-01-01 - 1892-01-01

Register showing names of debtors summoned for preliminary hearings, date of summons, names of creditors, names of creditors' attorneys, and the result of the summons.Most of the summons recorded herein pertain to actions regulated by the Ban...

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FEE BOOK - VICE ADMIRALTY COURT

  • AU WA S580
  • Series
  • 1873-01-01 -

The jurisdiction of Vice-Admiralty Courts extended to such matters as wages, pilotage, salvage, towage, damage to ships, bottomry, securities over ships and also breaches of navy regulations and droits of admiralty. Courts also had jurisdiction ov...

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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 - CASES IN EQUITY

  • AU WA S889
  • Series
  • 1876-07-31 - 1903-11-26

These files relate to cases in equity. Equity is a system of jurisprudence developed in England to supplement and remedy the limitations and inflexibility of the common law. It related particularly to land and ties to, or hold over land. Holding e...

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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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REGISTER OF PRAECIPE

  • AU WA S404
  • Series
  • 1879-01-01 - 1882-01-01

Register of praecipes lodged at the Supreme Court under both common law and criminal jurisdiction.Shows date, form of document (summons, fi fa, subpoena etc), date, names of parties (plaintiff and defendant) and the person lodging (whether plainti...

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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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CAUSE BOOKS

  • AU WA S185
  • Series
  • 1881-01-01 -

Cause Books record civil action from its generation to the end of the action, including the judgement given, unless the case has been discontinued, abandoned or dismissed, in which case that will be stated. If subsequent to the judgement, an appea...

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FILES - CIVIL WRITS

  • AU WA S576
  • Series
  • 1881-01-01 - 1889-01-01

This series of civil writs continues on from WAS 201. From 1881 the various documents (warrants, writs, affidavits etc) relating to each case are collected together into files with a single annual number system of arrangement (1/1881 - ). These ar...

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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...

SUPREME COURT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

RECORDS - VARIOUS

  • AU WA S2180
  • Series
  • 1883-01-01 - 1930-12-31

This is an artificial series created by the Public Records Office of Western Australia. It consists of estrays from other series of Supreme Court records and it is not known to which series they belong.

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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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FILES - ELECTIONS PETITIONS ACT

  • AU WA S880
  • Series
  • 1883-01-01 -

If a person considered that there had been corrupt practices during the conduct of elections for the Legislative Council, the Elections Petitions Act (39 Vic 10, 1875) granted the right to present a petition to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Cou...

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REGISTERS - CORRESPONDENCE

  • AU WA S206
  • Series
  • 1884-01-01 -

Departmental Registers of correspondence received by the Attorney General's office. Shows from whom, to whom, subject, references to departments, how disposed of. Indexes to registers are at WAS 207.

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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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PRAECIPE FOR SUBPOENA

  • AU WA S398
  • Series
  • 1884-01-01 - 1887-01-01

Praecipe for subpoena - documents lodged with the Registrar by solicitors applying for subpoenas to be issued or sealed. Documents show Case number, names of parties, date, name of solicitor, sometimes name of witness for whom subpoena is to be is...

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REGISTER - NEWSPAPER PROPRIETORS

  • AU WA S127
  • Series
  • 1885-01-01 - 1917-01-01

Under the Newspaper Libel and Registration Act, 1884 Amendment Act 1888 "provision is made for the Registration of Newspaper Proprietors to be established under the superintendence of the Registrar (Supreme Court) - Registration had to take place ...

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REGISTERS - CRIMINAL CALENDARS

  • AU WA S191
  • Series
  • 1886-01-01 -

Criminal calendars for the Supreme Court Perth and Circuit Courts, being registers of cases heard in the criminal sessions. Cases are given a running number for each sitting Volume 1 shows the name, charge, district, and witnesses, with the plea, ...

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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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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 - CIVIL WRITS

  • AU WA S577
  • Series
  • 1889-01-01 -

This series of civil writs files continues on from WAS 576. From 1889 the system of arrangement becomes alpha numerical with files taking the plaintiff's initial followed by a number (A1, A2, B1, B2 etc) within each year.File numbers can be f...

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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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REGISTERS - CAUSE LISTS

  • AU WA S187
  • Series
  • 1890-01-01 - 1954-01-01

Registers of causes heard before each sitting of the court (Full Court, Civil sittings, in Bankruptcy, Divorce). Gives civil writ number, parties, solicitors, claim and the judgement given (in red ink), also the name of the judge hearing the case ...

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FILES - CRIMINAL APPEALS

  • AU WA S276
  • Series
  • 1890-01-01 - 1939-01-01

At the time of the foundation of the Swan River colony, there was no right of appeal at all in criminal proceedings under the common law and statute law of England. Two Acts in 1886, 50 Vic. No. 15 and 50 Vic. No. 28 provided for appeal in crimina...

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FILES - CASES STATED

  • AU WA S269
  • Series
  • 1890-01-01 - 1907-01-01

Cases stated are a type of appeal. They differ from ordinary appeals in being decided on a question of law as opposed to a question of fact. During a hearing/trial a question on a point of law can arise on which the magistrate/judge is unable to d...

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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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REGISTERS - RECEIVING ORDERS

  • AU WA S150
  • Series
  • 1892-01-01 - 1928-01-01

1892 Bankruptcy ActRegisters of Receiving Orders made. When the petition has been filed at the Court a Receiving Order is made and the debtor is declared bankrupt. Registers follow through the course of bankruptcy proceedings. Arranged by case num...

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REGISTERS - BANKRUPTCY NOTICES ISSUED

  • AU WA S148
  • Series
  • 1892-01-01 - 1928-01-01

1892 Bankruptcy Act.Register of bankruptcy notices issued by the Court.If a creditor claims an amount from someone he can sue him in the court. That may result in the Court making an order, or judgement, in favour of the creditor. Subsequently, th...

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REGISTERS - PETITIONS OF BANKRUPTCY

  • AU WA S149
  • Series
  • 1892-01-01 - 1928-01-01

1892 Bankruptcy Act.Registers of petition filed at the court by debtors or creditors in order to have debtor registered bankrupt. A creditor's taking out a petition is based on the debtor's failure to comply with a bankruptcy notice. A d...

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MISCELLANEOUS REGISTERS CONCERNED WITH DECEASED ESTATES

  • AU WA S219
  • Series
  • 1892-01-01 - 1947-01-01

A series of miscellaneous registers concerned with deceased estates. It is not always clear how these registers relate to other series such as the probate and administration registers (WAS 56, WAS 57) or files (WAS 34, WAS 59) or the card index (W...

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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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REGISTERS - TRUSTEES OF BANKRUPT ESTATES

  • AU WA S154
  • Series
  • 1892-01-01 - 1905-01-01

Bankruptcy Act 1892Registers of estates each Trustee administered, the trustee usually, but not always, being the Official Receiver.Registers are indexed at front by name of trustee, entries are by bankruptcy (file) number.Show no. of case, name o...

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REGISTERS - RECEIVING ORDERS

  • AU WA S151
  • Series
  • 1892-01-01 - 1914-01-01

1892 Bankruptcy ActRegister of Receiving Orders made. This register, kept in the registrar's office, was a record of receiving orders made, and was used for statistical purposes. Shows case number, name, occupation and locality of debtor, dat...

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FILES - BANKRUPTCY ACT 1892

  • AU WA S165
  • Series
  • 1892-01-01 - 1928-01-01

Bankruptcy Act 1892Personal bankruptcy files contain documents filed in compliance with the Bankruptcy Act 1892. In 1928 bankruptcy became a Commonwealth jurisdiction, hence the date range of this series.This Act gave the Supreme Court jurisdictio...

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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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FILES - DEFUNCT FOREIGN COMPANIES

  • AU WA S4153
  • Series
  • 1893-01-13 -

This series comprises files of Foreign owned companies that have been registered as defunct. The files typically contain memorandum and articles of association related to the dissolution of the company, but may also contain initial company registr...

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FILES - DEFUNCT STATE COMPANIES

  • AU WA S4066
  • Series
  • 1893-01-13 -

This series comprises files of State owned companies that have been registered as defunct. The files typically contain memorandum and articles of association related to the dissolution of the company, but may also contain initial company registrat...

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REGISTERS - STATE COMPANIES

  • AU WA S4155
  • Series
  • 1893-01-13 -

These volumes record the registration particulars of State owned companies under the Companies Act 1893 (56 Vict., No. 8). The registers provide information on: the name of the company, the company registration number, the date any document relati...

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REGISTERS - LOCAL COURT JUDGEMENTS

  • AU WA S134
  • Series
  • 1895-01-01 - 1919-01-01

Register of Local Court judgements with cross reference to consecutive number in Supreme Court judgements registers.

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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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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 ...

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REGISTER - GOLDFIELDS ACT

  • AU WA S866
  • Series
  • 1896-01-01 - 1901-01-01

Under the Goldfields Act of 1895, Wardens' Courts dealt with goldfields cases. Many early Wardens had no legal training, and the Act allowed them to reserve points of law for the opinion of the Supreme Court. The case was suspended while the ...

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FILES - APPEALS - GOLDFIELDS ACT

  • AU WA S868
  • Series
  • 1896-01-01 - 1907-01-01

The 1895 Goldfields Act set up a Court of Mining Appeals consisting of 3 judges of the Supreme Court to hear appeals on decisions of the Wardens' Courts on civil cases on the goldfields.Either party could appeal on a question of law or the ad...

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FILES - CASES STATED, CAVEATS AND APPEALS - GOLDFIELDS ACT

  • AU WA S867
  • Series
  • 1896-04-13 - 1903-08-17

Cases on the goldfields were heard by Wardens' Courts. Under the 1895 Goldfields Act, Wardens could reserve points of law which arose in these cases for the opinion of the Supreme Court, since many early Wardens had no legal training. ...

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REGISTERS - RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

  • AU WA S184
  • Series
  • 1897-01-01 - 1933-01-01

Bankruptcy Act 1892. Arranged alphabetically, record of proceedings kept by registrar's office, shows bankrupt's name and file number, and result of court hearing. Includes: applications for discharge, appeals against trustee's reje...

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REGISTERS - POWERS OF ATTORNEY

  • AU WA S893
  • Series
  • 1897-01-01 - 1969-01-01

The Power of Attorney Act (60 Vic. No. 2 of 1896) provided that an instrument creating a power of attorney might be deposited in the Supreme Court Office. A person living in another country, state or town would appoint someone in Western Australia...

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REGISTERS - JUDGEMENTS OF SUPREME COURT

  • AU WA S133
  • Series
  • 1897-01-01 - 1953-01-01

Registers of judgements in civil matters handed down in Supreme Court including appeals. Information given: no of cause (or civil writ file number), date, plaintiff and defendant, abstract of judgement, any remarks. Volumes are indexed by defendan...

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COMPANIES PETITION FILES

  • AU WA S2242
  • Series
  • 1897-01-01 - 1987-12-31

Files containing details of petitions by individual companies to the Supreme Court. To find a file number, it is necessary to ckeck in the Registers at WAS 2227, Cons 5805.

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