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Carter and not Cartier
Reginald Carter
Reginald Carter

Yes, this is the Carter Collection and not Cartier, but just as valuable and for me much more interesting.

Reginald F Carter was a Judge of the District Court of Queensland from the 11 February 196024 April 1978.

He was born in Brisbane on 25 April 1908. He attended Brisbane Grammar School and The University of Queensland, where he completed a degree in Arts and later gained a Master's degree in law with a thesis on search warrants. With his extensive knowledge of prosecutions, he published a highly regarded annotated work on Queensland's criminal law.

His Honour was admitted to the Bar in June 1931. Five years later he joined the Crown Solicitor's Office and rose to become the Chief Crown Prosecutor before his appointment to the Bench.

He was appointed a Judge of the District Court in Brisbane on 11 February 1960. He was the fourth judge appointed under the District Courts Act 1958. He retired on 24 April 1978 and died in February 2001.

He is perhaps best known as the author of the Criminal Law of Queensland, a widely-used textbook affectionately known as Carter's Criminal Code, now in its 21st edition.

In 2001, the library received a large collection of materials spanning 70 years of Judge Carter's life, including letters, photographs, clippings, and school medals which now form part of the Carter Collection and which give us a valuable insight into the times in which he lived, and his career as a judge, an academic, and a public servant. Some of these items are on display at the Supreme Court Library in their new exhibition entitled not surprisingly the Carter Collection.

Judge Carter as a young boy
Judge Carter as a young boy

Go along and enjoy this free exhibition and an interesting insight into one of Brisbane's best known legal minds.

The exhibition is on between 11 June to 31 August 2018
Free entry
Supreme Court Library Queensland
Level 12, QEII Courts of Law
Weekdays 8.30am 4.30pm
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When: 11th June to 31st August 2018.
Where: 2016 Supreme Court Library Queensland 415 George St, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 4000
Cost: Free.
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