In 1907, when the government formally listed its Departments for the first time, the Attorney-General's Department appeared as the Law Department with the Attorney-General as the Minister and the Solicitor-General as the Departmental head.
In the 1920s,the Attorney-General's Department became a branch of the Solicitor-General's Department.
The Sheriff's, Supreme Court, Magisterial and other Departments came under the Attorney-General but were not part of the Attorney-General's Department. In 1934, they were amalgamated. After that, the Department became involved in policy making, advising the government on developments in legal, judicial, criminal, and prison management.
In 1946, the Department took responsibility for a probation service recommended by the Chief Justice, John Morris, following the 1943 Royal Commission on the Hobart Gaol. Tasmania was the first Australian state to assist people released by the courts on probation. The system included the juvenile probation service, which the Social Services Department took over in 1955.
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