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Supreme Court of WA c1928

The Supreme Court of Western Australia (see Agency 44 for a list of series held) is a superior court of record and the records of its proceedings have been preserved since the establishment of its predecessors in 1830. The Court of Quarter Sessions sat from 1830 in Fremantle and from 1837 in Perth, the Civil Court was established in 1832 and the Supreme Court in 1861. Thus its jurisdiction has covered a number of areas over the years and the records transferred to the State Records Office cover a broad spectrum of the Court's activities.

They include files and volumes relating to wills 1832-1947 (grants of probate or letters of administration – Record Series 34 , Record Series 55 , Record Series 56 & Record Series 57 ), divorce 1864-1976 ( Record Series 35 & Record Series 40 , bankruptcy 1858-1928 (series too numerous to list – see Agency 44 ), civil and criminal cases 1830-1953 (series too numerous to list – see Agency 44 ), naturalisation 1871-1903 ( Record Series 60 & Record Series 61 ), newspaper proprietor registrations 1881-1986 ( Record Series 126 & Record Series 127 ) and conscientious objectors 1916-1955 ( Record Series 125 ). The State Records Office has produced a guide to the records of the Supreme Court called Order in the Court: a guide to the records of the Supreme Court of Western Australia (Q016.34794035 STA) which includes a description of each of the series, the statutes involved and the place of the records in the working of the legal processes. Wherever possible lists of items are included to assist researchers in locating a required volume, file or document.