Women in the Court: An examination of women’s trials heard in the Court of Quarter Sessions and the Supreme Court of Western Australia, 1830 - 1890.

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Abstract

This thesis investigates the trials of women in the upper courts of Western Australia between 1830and 1890 to determine how legal rules and institutions affected the outcome of women’s trials, theway in which the trials were gendered and the experience of Aboriginal women in the criminal justicesystem. It examines the use of defence counsel, multi-defendant trials, Aboriginal women asdefendants and the use of mercy. It argues that, although legal rules and institutions determinedmany aspects of the outcome of a woman’s case, the cultural construct of gender often determinedwhich women received advantages from these rules.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Lydon, Jane, Supervisor
  • Martens, Jeremy, Supervisor
  • Barrie, David, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date8 Jan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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