The Carter collection: the man behind Carter's Criminal Code

The Carter collection: the man behind Carter's Criminal Code


Presented by the Supreme Court Library Queensland from 11 June to 31 August 2018

Free entry

Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law

Level 12, 415 George Street, Brisbane

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Reginald Francis Carter was a judge of the District Court of Queensland from 1960 to 1978. 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.

To celebrate the 110th anniversary of Carter's birth, the Supreme Court Library is pleased to share the Carter collection.

Donated to the library's legal heritage collection in 2002, the Carter collection features over 250 items spanning 70 years of Carter's life. It includes a rich and varied selection of letters, photographs, certificates, news clippings and medals, which give an insight into his life and career as a judge, academic and public servant.

Reginald F Carter

Carter was born in Brisbane on 25 April 1908. He graduated from The University of Queensland with a degree in Arts. In 1938 he completed a Masters of Law with a thesis on search warrants—he was the first person to graduate with a Masters from the newly established law school.

Carter was admitted to the Bar in June 1931 and five years later he joined the Crown Solicitor's Office. He rose to become the Chief Crown Prosecutor before being appointed a judge of the District Court of Queensland 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.