An authoritative, comprehensive account of Victoria’s justice system, starting with a tour of the historic justice precinct which is located on the corner of La Trobe Street and Russell Street, Melbourne. The author takes us back to the earliest days of Victoria’s settlement and introduces the politicians, police, magistrates, and even the criminals who played their parts in Melbourne and Victoria’s development. We are shown how the prison hulks developed into stockades on land, and uncover the philosophy behind the construction of the prisons –many no longer occupied – and the building of courts which were built for conducting trials, both civil and criminal.
The book is, in many ways, an insight into an aspect of Victoria’s social history about which little has been written elsewhere. It is a valuable addition to the justice bibliography and even exposes a mystery or two. All of the proceeds of this book after costs will be donated to Victoria Police Legacy, which looks after families of deceased police officers who have died in the course of their duties.
About the author: Colin Rimington, Bachelor of Social Science ( Legal and Dispute), Master of Justice and Criminology, RMIT University, Justice of the Peace, worked with the police prosecutions officers attending court hearings, analysing files, assisting members with their duties and writing a full report for the university, and as a part of the activity gained a high distinction for this activity.