Category: Resident Magistrates, New Zealand

Categories: New Zealand, Occupations

From 1841 the Legislative Council created a number of lower-level courts. They had limited jurisdiction and were designed to meet the needs of a fledgeling colony. They included the Courts of Requests, which was mainly used to recover small debts, and the Courts of Petty Sessions, where justices of the peace administered the criminal law.

In 1846, the resident magistrates’ courts were established. Resident magistrates could decide a limited range of criminal cases and civil claims.


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05 Aug 1826 Rothesay, Bute, Scotland, United Kingdom - 30 Oct 1902 photo

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