Archive centreCarlisle
ReferenceQ/P
TitleCumberland Petty Sessions Records
DescriptionSummary jurisdiction was placed on a clearly defined basis in 1855 by the Criminal Justice Act. This allowed people charged with thefts of a low value and other minor offences such as drunkenness to be convicted by two justices in an open court. The convictions and depositions or "examinations" were returned to the next court of quarter sessions to be kept along with the records of the court. The convictions complement the registers of convictions (CQ9) giving further details such as the date on which the crime was committed, description of the punishment and sometimes the occupation of the defendant. The depositions contain sworn statements of witnesses. Although listed by year, the bundles of convictions may contain records of the previous year which were kept together. Classification 1 Convictions /1 Common Convictions /2 Juvenile Convictions 2 Depositions
Related materialCarlisle has its own Bench, whose records (with those for Cumb'd Ward, Brampton, Longtown) are in Ca/PS, q.v.
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