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Solicitor General's Department
Agency Number:
Start Date:
01 Jan 1828
End Date:
29 Jun 1983
Litigation (principally criminal prosecution) on behalf of the Crown and providing legal advice to Ministers and Departments. The Solicitor-Generals Department has its origins in a loose grouping, known as the Law Officers Establishment, consisting of the Attorney-General, the Solicitor-General and their staffs, formed between 1823 and 1828, at about the same time as the establishment of the Supreme Court of Van Diemens Land. The office of the Attorney-General became political with the granting of responsible government in 1856. The Solicitor-General, too, was a member of some early Cabinets, but by 1863 it had been firmly decided that his was to be a non-political, non-Ministerial office. However, he and his staff remained at the heart of the legal administration of the State throughout the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. In 1934 those officers carrying out functions now performed in the Attorney-Generals Department were separated from the Solicitor-Generals Department. It become a distinct entity, with its principal tasks being to give legal advice to Ministers and Government Departments, to conduct criminal prosecutions and civil litigation on behalf of the Crown and to perform the Governments conveyancing work. In 1973 the statutory office of Crown Advocate was created. He took over much of the responsibility for criminal prosecutions, though the staff who actually conducted them remained members of the Solicitor-Generals Department. On 15 March 1983 staff of the Department were transferred to the newly created Law Department. The position of Solicitor-General was made a statutory office on 29 June and the Department was abolished. (SR194 of 1983).~
Legislation Creating:
(Imperial) Australian Courts Act 1828
Legislation Abolishing Agency:
Statutory Rule 194 of 1983
Controlled Agencies:
Office of the Crown Advocate (TA1013)02 Jul 197309 May 1986
Law Reform Commission of Tasmania (TA243)01 Jan 197431 Dec 1988
Series Created By Agency:
AD293 Unregistered Deeds, Conveyances and associated Papers.01 Jan 182131 Dec 1938

SGD8 Solicitor General's Letterbooks.15 Dec 182831 Jan 1941

SGD4 Crown Solicitor's Letterbooks.29 Dec 183125 Sep 1890

SGD5 Correspondence addressed to the Crown- Solicitor on Matters relating to the Preparation of Grant Deeds.23 Jun 183431 Dec 1835

SGD3 Crown Solicitor's Register of Inward Correspondence.09 Aug 183614 Oct 1836

SGD24 Crown Solicitor's Letterbook of Correspondence addressed to the Attorney General.01 Mar 183931 Oct 1841

SGD6 Crown Solicitor's Letterbook of Correspondence addressed Mainly to the Solicitor-General.26 Mar 183931 Oct 1842

SGD14 Crown Solicitor's List of Cases tried before Quarter Sessions.01 Jan 184130 Dec 1852

SGD2 Crown Solicitor's Registers of Correspondence07 Mar 184431 Dec 1989

SGD11 Solicitor-General's Letterbooks of Opinions on Cases Referred01 Apr 184431 Dec 1998

SGD10 Attorney General's Letterbook of Opinions.01 Nov 184703 Aug 1854

AB693 Registers of Criminal Cases Prosecuted by the Crown03 Jan 185317 Jul 1973

SGD31 Solicitor General's Draft Information re Libel Action - Thomas George Gregson V Henry & Charles Best.01 Jan 185731 Dec 1857

SGD7 Crown Solicitor's and Solicitor General's Letterbook.06 Apr 185701 Nov 1860

SGD13 Criminal Prosecution Files.01 Jan 185831 Dec 1997

SGD25 Postage and Delivery Book, Attorney General's Department.01 Jan 186731 Dec 1873

SGD18 Register of Daily Transactions Involving Money.24 Aug 186819 Jun 1889

AD286 Solicitor General's Drafts of Proclamations, Commissions (of Enquiry) and Letters Patent.01 Jan 187031 Dec 1940

SGD12 Solicitor-General's Letterbooks of Opinions on Matters Referred to Him by Legal Firms.22 May 188925 Aug 1900

SGD9 Letterbooks of Memoranda addressed to Other Departments.29 Mar 189210 Oct 1914

SGD29 Register of Documents received and sent in Relation to the Conveyance of Land to the Crown.01 Jan 189531 Dec 1902

SGD16 Press Cuttings relating to Cases.01 May 189830 Jun 1906

AD288 Documents in the Case of the Van Diemen's Land Company Vs Marine Board of Table Cape on Appeal from the Supreme Court in the Privy Council.01 Jan 190331 Dec 1903

SGD32 Alphabetical Register of Actions Taken for Non-Payment of Land and Income Tax and Machinery Fees.01 Jan 190531 Dec 1910

SGD19 Ledger of Departmental Receipts and Payments.01 Sep 190930 Sep 1915

SGD37 Deeds relating to Crown Properties and Other Government Contracts.01 Jan 191231 Dec 1955

SGD38 Register of Preceeding Series (Sgd37).01 Jan 191231 Dec 1955

SGD30 Register of Land Acquired by the Crown.01 Sep 191531 May 1916

SGD33 Cash Book of Receipts and Payments.01 Jan 191731 Dec 1921

SGD20 Register of Departmental Expenditure.01 Jul 191730 Jun 1938

SGD34 Cash Book of Money Advanced from Treasury and paid out for Conveyancing Matters.01 Jan 191931 Dec 1927

SGD27 Documents in Cases registered Separately As of Particular Importance - 'Famous Cases'.01 Jan 192331 Dec 1954

SGD39 Index to 'Famous Court Cases'01 Jan 192331 Dec 1954

SGD15 Register of Plaints received and Served in Actions under the Land and Income Taxation Act 1910, with Judgments.01 Feb 192431 May 1925

SGD21 Cash Book of Collections of Federal and State Taxation and of Costs Made Through the Crown Solicitor's Office.02 Mar 192530 Jun 1930

SGD1 General Correspondence.01 Jan 192731 Dec 1983

SGD35 Ledger of Expenses Incurred in Conducting a Local Opinion Poll Throughout Tasmania.01 Jan 192731 Dec 1933

AF853 Index to Opinion Books01 Jan 192931 Dec 1998

SGD22 Registers of Fees and Taxes collected.01 Jul 193030 Nov 1939

AB678 Index to Registers of Crown Solicitor's Correspondence01 Jan 193131 Dec 1989

AD289 Solicitor General's Papers of Cases Brought before the High Court.01 Jan 193231 Dec 1958

AD285 Documents re the Establishment of the Rural Rehabilitation Board and the Farmers' Relief Bill01 Jan 193531 Dec 1935

AD284 Documents relating to the Registration of Friendly Societies under the Friendly Societies Act 188801 Jan 193931 Dec 1941

SGD17 Crown Solicitor's Diaries of Official Duties.01 Oct 193912 Apr 1945

SGD26 Papers relating to Allegations and Charges of Corruption Against Former Minister T G D'alton and Others Following the Report of the Royal Commission on Forestry Administration.01 Jan 194431 Dec 1946

AD290 Prosecutions and Litigation under the Prices Control Act 1948.01 Jan 194931 Dec 1952

AD291 Solicitor General's Notes on Cases of Illegal Betting.01 Jan 195231 Dec 1954

SGD36 Transcript of Evidence Taken During an Enquiry, Assisted by the Solicitor-General by the Campbell Town Hospital Board Into Allegations Against the Matron.03 Feb 195510 Feb 1955

AD287 Solicitor General's Papers re the Basic Wage Case01 Jan 195631 Dec 1956

AD544 Index to Conveyances01 Jan 195731 Dec 1991

AD292 Solicitor General's Copy of Transcripts of Proceedings and Judgement in the Case of Hursey and Others Vs the Waterside Workers01 Jan 195831 Dec 1958

SGD40 Correspondence and associated Papers relating to the Seas and Submerged Lands (Off Shore Waters) Issues.01 Jan 197231 Dec 1978