Finn 2004 Courts

Title Information


Speaker: Jeremy Finn

Title: "Not having the fear of God before her eyes..."

Subtitle: Enforcement of the criminal law in the courts in the early Canterbury settlement 1853-1862

Conference: 23rd Annual Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society Conference: Generations & The Law (July 2-3, 2004)

Place: St George's College, Perth, Australia

Date: July 2, 2004

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century | New Zealand History



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Link: University of Canterbury Research Repository (Free Access)



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Speaker: Jeremy Finn, School of Law, University of Canterbury

Abstract: »This paper looks at the criminal cases heard in the Supreme Court and the Resident Magistrate’s Courts in Lyttleton and Christchurch in the first decade of the Canterbury settlement. It reports the results, so far, of research into the range of offences prosecuted, the choices made between civil and criminal actions, the manner in which the “general” criminal law was imposed and special features of the penal laws enforced by the courts. An account of findings as to the range of defendants in both courts, and the punishments imposed on them, is given. The paper also looks at some notable cases to consider insights they give into early Canterbury society and prevailing attitudes.« (Source: University of Canterbury Research Repository)


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