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

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Mackenzie, Geraldine. 2002. "An enduring influence: Sir Samuel Griffith and his contribution to criminal justice in Queensland." QUT Law Review. 2 (1), pp. 53-63.
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An enduring influence: Sir Samuel Griffith and his contribution to criminal justice in Queensland

ERA Journal ID33734
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorMackenzie, Geraldine
Journal TitleQUT Law Review
Journal Citation2 (1), pp. 53-63
Number of Pages11
Year2002
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISSN1445-6230
1445-6249
2201-7275
Web Address (URL)http://www.law.qut.edu.au/ljj/editions/v2n1/mackenzie_full.jsp
Abstract

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.

Keywordscriminal law; Queensland; Samuel Griffith; Australian legal history
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020489999. Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
430302. Australian history
430303. Biography
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Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
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