Royal Association of Justices of WA Inc. postage paid envelope
This postage paid envelope commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Royal Association of Justices of Western Australia Inc.Read more
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This postage paid envelope (110mm x 220mm) commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Royal Association of Justices of Western Australia Inc.
The history of Justices of the Peace can be traced back to 1195, when Richard I of England entrusted certain knights with the task of preserving the peace in unruly areas. A 1327 statute referred to "good and lawful men" to be appointed in every county to "guard the peace".
In 1829, Captain James Stirling, Lieutenant· Governor of the Swan River Colony (renamed Western Australia in 1832), appointed eight Justices of the Peace. Like their English counterparts, these honorary, unpaid roles were responsible for determining charges of felonies and trespasses against the king's peace.
In 1916, the Justices Association of WA was formed, and in 1964 Queen Elizabeth II conferred the right, privilege and consent to change the name to Royal Association of Justices of Western Australia Inc.