Courts & legal

Records in this collection

Whether your ancestor was a victim, a witness or the perpetrator of a crime, they could well have been summoned before the court. If so, then you may find details of the events in which they were involved within these courts and legal records. Bankruptcy details can also be found within these records.

As with modern day tales of the courtroom, the events with which they dealt were often of high public interest and likely to have been reported by the media at the time. If you believe that your relative may have been involved in courtroom drama, it would also be worth checking The British Newspaper Archive to see if any additional details can be found in the national or local press.