Australia, Victoria, Petty Sessions Registers - FamilySearch Historical Records

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Victoria, Australia
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Record Description
Record Type Court
Collection years 1851-1937
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Public Record Office - Victoria


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes court cases from the Petty Sessions Registers which covers the years from 1851 to 1937.

In collaboration with the Public Records Office of Victoria (PROV) and FindmyPast, FamilySearch is able to publish this collection of Petty Sessions court records. The Court of Petty Sessions was originally intended to hear minor criminal cases. These cases included, but were not limited to drunkenness, minor assaults, and for matters under twenty pounds; typically, without a jury. Court cases are heard before the magistrate. The original records are housed at the Public Records Office Victoria in North Melbourne, Australia.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Address of ancestor
  • Role of ancestor in case (plaintiff or defendant)
  • Complaint
  • Date of complaint
  • Ruling on case

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's name
  • Some identifying information such as residence
  • Other ancestors who may be named in the complaint
  • Possible years he or she may have been involved in a criminal case

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

You will be able to view the images in this collection when it is published.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add the new information to your records
  • Use the information to find the person in other records
  • Analyze the entry to see if if provides additional clues to find other records of the person or their family

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Search the records of nearby localities (or military units, counties, parishes, etc.).
  • Not everyone in a given locality will be in these records, only those involved with minor court cases.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Australia.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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