Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Judge Willis Casebooks 1841-1843 Online

A Royal Historical Society of Victoria project,  Judge Willis Casebooks 1841-1843 Online, was launched last night by The Honourable Chief Justice of Victoria, Marilyn Warren, AC, QC.   Other speakers were His Honour Paul Mullaly, QC, whose transcriptions and commentary on the Willis Casebooks are the basis of this new website; and Janine Rizzetti (La Trobe University) who provided much of the support material about Judge John Walpole Willis.
Judge Paul Mulally and Chief Justice Marilyn Warren at the launch last night.

One of the Willis Casebooks in the RHSV collection.
Five criminal casebooks, one civil casebook and other papers of Judge Willis, the first judge in Port Phillip (later Victoria) from March 1841 to July 1843, have survived and were passed to the Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) in 1909 by James Palmer Savage, and are now in the manuscripts collection of the RHSV. The Judge Willis Casebooks are an invaluable record of Victoria's early legal jurisdiction and early Port Phillip life.

The Casebooks exist here in transcriptions with commentaries, case index, a name index and supporting documents all completed by His Honour Paul R. Mullaly QC, which are detailed in the About this Project web page. Other contextualising materials exist on this website at the support materials page.

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