An enduring influence: Sir Samuel Griffith and his contribution to criminal justice in Queensland

Mackenzie, Geraldine (2002) An enduring influence: Sir Samuel Griffith and his contribution to criminal justice in Queensland. Queensland University of Technology Law and Justice Journal, 2 (1). pp. 53-63.

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Sir Samuel Griffith (1845-1920) has rightfully been accorded a pre-eminent place in the annals of Queensland law and politics, serving as Attorney-General and Premier of Queensland, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the first Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. This article examines his contribution to criminal justice in Queensland and argues that this is perhaps his greatest achievement, with the Criminal Code of 1899 and the Justices Act 1886 still in use today, largely in the same format. His contribution to criminal justice is examined in the context of his life and work, adding to the understanding of the origins of these important pieces of legislation.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright. The copyright in the print and electronic appearance of the article are held by QUT and the copyright in the content of the article is held by the author.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Law
Date Deposited: 24 May 2009 12:30
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2013 01:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: criminal law; Queensland; Samuel Griffith; Australian legal history
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210304 Biography
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5142

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