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Anglesey Archives
Anglesey Petty Sessions records

Reference code(s): GB 0221 WU

Held at: Anglesey Archives

Title: Anglesey Petty Sessions Records

Short Title: Anglesey Petty Sessions records

Creation date(s): 1792-1991

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 2.103 cubic metres (993 items)

Name of creator(s): Anglesey Court of Petty Sessions

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Petty Sessions began to appear at the beginning of the 18th century as extra meetings to lessen the burden on Justices of the Peace in Quarter Sessions. The Petty Sessions were regular divisional meetings and dealt with all manner of cases like the Quarter Sessions. They were in existence at least as early as 1792. As was the normal practice, Anglesey was subdivided into geographical divisions with each magistrate being assigned to one division. In 1827 there were four divisions based on Beaumaris, Llangefni, Bodedern and Llanerchymedd. These were reduced to two in 1832, the First (or Eastern) Division, consisiting of Beaumaris, Menai Bridge and Llangefni, and the Second (or Western), consisting of Holyhead, Valley, Amlwch and Llanerchymedd. The Sessions were held twice monthly in each division as opposed to the Quarter Sessions, which were held every three months. The Petty Sessions dealt mainly with minor cases such as petty theft, drunkenness, minor assaults, bastardy and failure to maintain families, larceny, trespassing, fraud and juvenile cases, as well as ale licensing and adoption. They required the presence of two Justices of the Peace but no jury.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Records of the first Petty Sessional division, 1847-1991, including magisterial minute books, 1847-1980; other minute books, 1856-1903; registers of the court of summary jurisdiction, 1880-1991; bastardy minute books, 1856-1875; plaintiff and minute book under Employers and Workmen Act, 1875-1903; licensing, 1903-1970; register of adoption, 1927-1944; registers of clubs, 1903-1962; registers of the Juvenile Court, 1933-1980; other registers, 1903-1970; fines and fees books, 1848-1945; files of Petty Sessions papers, 1874-1904; various forms, some partly completed, [1880]-[1910]. Records of the second Petty Sessional division, including magisterial minute books, 1840-1980; plaintiff and minute books under Employers and Workmen Act, 1876-1915; information, complaint and deposition books for Amlwch, 1928-1933; registers of the court of summary jurisdiction, 1880-1991; registers of the Juvenile Court, 1934-1983; registers of licences, 1873-1969; registers of clubs, 1889-1962; other registers, 1924-1972; records of fines and fees, 1848-1953; files of Petty Sessions papers, 1792-1911. Miscellaneous records including files of appeals, 1812-1872, and recognizances, 1848-1906; book of convictions, 1856-1867; writs of summons, 1870-1871; magisterial minute books for Court No 3 (1st and 2nd Divisions), 1970-1983; lists of applications for legal aid (1st and 2nd Divisions), 1968-1981; files of letters, 1939-1967; plans, [n. d.].

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: first petty sessional division; second petty sessional division; miscellaneous papers (vol. 1); first petty sessional division; second petty sessional division; miscellaneous (vol. 2).

Conditions governing access: Restrictions on access to records of living individuals

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogues are available at Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives. It is the policy of Gwasanaeth Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Archives Service to catalogue in the language of the document.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been appraised for retention.

Accruals: Accruals are expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: 1991

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office, Anglesey Petty Sessions Records 1792-1957, Anglesey Petty Sessions Records Vol. 2; Glamorgan Record Office website (www.glamro.gov.uk/adobe/courts.pdf), viewed 14 July 2003.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2003; Amended December 2007 and January 2008


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Court records | Wales | Anglesey
Criminal courts | Wales | Anglesey
Juvenile courts | Wales | Anglesey

Personal names

Corporate names
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Anglesey)
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Anglesey). | First (Eastern) Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Anglesey). | Second (Western) Division

Places
Anglesey (Wales)

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