This is a collection of items donated by Judge Reginald Carter, which relate to his life and career as a Queensland District Court judge. Judge Carter was the author of Criminal Law of Queensland, a widely-used textbook affectionately known as Carter's Criminal Code, now in its 18th edition.
The 231 items in this collection include letters, photographs, certificates, newspaper clippings, school medals and pamphlets, which range in date from 1916 to 1990. These shed light on the career of a Queensland District Court judge and illustrate the legal lifestyle during this period.
Reginald Carter was born in Brisbane on 25 April 1908. He attended Brisbane Grammar School and The University of Queensland, where he completed degrees in Arts and Law and gained a Master's degree in law with a thesis on search warrants.
Carter was admitted to the Bar in June 1931 and five years later 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.