11 Feb 1788 - first sitting of the Criminal Court

#OnThisDay 11 February 1788 the Court of Criminal Jurisdiction sat for the first time. The Court was established by the First Charter of Justice of 1787. Deputy Judge Advocate David Collins could hear criminal matters along with a panel of six naval and military officers. Civil matters, like debt cases, were heard in the Court of Civil Jurisdiction where Collins was again Judge along with two "fit an proper" residents of the Colony.