Remarks: Part 1 provides an index of 55 000 names in the first 27 registers of the Ballarat East Court of Petty Sessions covering the years 1858-1889. Part 2 of the Surname Index to VPRS 290/P Units 28-73. It contains approximately 70 000 names and extends access to the interesting collection of tales of legal proceedings from 1890 to 1921 when the court was closed following the amalgamation of the Town of Ballarat East and the City of Ballarat (West). This resource now covers the entire 64 years of operation of this court. The Ballarat East Court of Petty Sessions was held daily to deal with the Watch House list, ordinary Police Court business and Summons cases. It was also known as the Magistrate’s Court or the Town Court, as opposed to the City Court. This was the lowest court in which justice was administered. Cases considered of more consequence were tried in other courts such as the Court of Mines, the Insolvency Court, the County Court or the Supreme Court. The alphabetical database of Complainants and Defendants shows surnames and given names, title of complainant, unit number, item number and date (year, month, day). This information can be used to locate the original entry in the court registers which would show additional information as to the nature of the case, the decision, fees levied and remarks. A list of the Police Magistrates, Justices and Clerks of Court who were involved in the administration of justice in the Ballarat Bailiwick is included in the preliminary information. |
Description: Surname indexes covering the entire 64 years of operation of this court from 1858 to 1921
CD-ROM - access only in Library
Title: Ballarat East Petty Sessions on CD-ROM (1858-1921)
Publisher: Ballarat : Ballarat & District Genealogical Society Inc.
CDN 929.209945 B21B