Original Published Date: 
Monday, December 1, 2014

A new ARC-funded project digitising the registers of Supreme Court cases will help determine patterns of crime, prosecution and punishment over an extensive period of time (1850 to 1960). ARC Laureate Fellow and Chief Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, Professor Mark Finnane, is directing The Prosecution Project which will investigate the history of the criminal trial in Australia. The project will link archive records and newspaper stories to build a database that will enable researchers to analyse long-term patterns of crime, prosecution and punishment. It is hoped the project will generate a rich understanding of how crime was prosecuted in Australia, how people lived, behaved, dealt with conflict and tragedy, and how the legal and political institutions responded to crime in that time. For more information please visit The Prosecution Project website.

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Image credit: Professor Mark Finnane