The Children's Court Act 1906 (No. 2058) established a closed court where children's cases would be heard, established a clear protocol for dealing with children between the time they were apprehended and their court appearance, and formally recognised the importance of probation officers to the system. The Children's Court continued largely unaltered into the second half of the twentieth century.
This Act was repealed by the Children's Court Act 1915 ( No. 2627).
1906 - 1915 Children's Court Act 1906
1915 - 1928 Children's Court Act 1915
1929 - 1957 Children's Court Act 1928
1957 - 1959 Children's Court Act 1956
1959 - 1974 Children's Court Act 1958
1974 - 1992 Children's Court Act 1973
1991 - 2007 Children and Young Persons Act 1989
2007 - Children, Youth and Families Act 2005
Sources used to compile this entry: Jaggs, Donella, Neglected and criminal: foundations of child welfare legislation in Victoria, Centre for Youth and Community Studies, Phillip Institute of Technology, Melbourne, 1986; McCallum, David, Law and norm: justice administration and the human sciences in early juvenile justice in Victoria, Newcastle Law Review, vol. 7, 2004, 62-71 pp, http://eprints.vu.edu.au/1521/2/Newcastle_Law_Review.doc_%28R%29.pdf; Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Victorian Legislation', 1 February 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.
Prepared by: Nell Musgrove
Created: 2 December 2009, Last modified: 22 December 2015