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September 21, 2017

Public Record Office Victoria holds thousands of record series close record series Definition A record series is a group of records which are recorded or maintained by the same agency (or agencies) and which: ·    are in the same numerical, alphabetical, chronological or other identifiable sequence; or ·    result from the same accumulation or filing process. A series is composed of items and can consist of a single item or several thousand items. It may be recorded by a single agency or by a succession of agencies. A Victorian Public Record Series is identified by the prefix VPRS followed by a space then a sequential number.   which relate to cases heard in around 250 different court locations in Victoria. This page links to searches which cover large quantities of records, and also to other pages which will help you narrow your search by identifying the type of court case you’re looking for.


What do I need to know before I start?

Useful information to commence your search includes:

  • whether the case was criminal (a person is accused of a crime), civil (a dispute between two or more people) or some other kind of case (for example, applying to the court for insolvency)
  • the name of a party to a court case (in a criminal case, the accused or defendant; otherwise the plaintiff, the applicant or the respondent)
  • in some cases, the location of the court or an approximate year when the case was heard.

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Criminal cases involving children in Victoria, from 1907 onwards
Civil and other non-criminal court cases
Criminal cases heard in Victorian courts
Records of coronial investigations
Legal documents, correspondence and other records produced by courts