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Flintshire Record Office
Court of Petty Sessions, Flintshire, records

Reference code(s): GB 0208 PS

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Petty Sessions Records

Short Title: Court of Petty Sessions, Flintshire, records

Creation date(s): 1848-1991

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 959 items

Name of creator(s): Flintshire 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 normal practice was to subdivide a shire into geographical divisions, with each magistrate being assigned to a particular division. The Sessions were held twice monthly in each division. The Petty Sessions dealt mainly with minor cases such as drunkenness, assaults, larceny, trespassing, fraud and juvenile cases, as well as ale licensing and adoption. The county of Flintshire was divided originally into the Divisions of Caerwys, Flint, Hawarden, Holywell, Hope, Mold, Northop, Overton, Prestatyn, and Rhuddlan. From 1953, Overton became Maelor Division. In 1954, Holywell and Caerwys amalgamated. On 1 April 1974, Flint amalgamated with Holywell and Caerwys to become Flint Division; Mold and Northop amalgamated to become Mold; and Hawarden and Hope amalgamated to become Hawarden. At the same time, Prestatyn and Rhuddlan joined together as Rhuddlan Division.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Records of Caerwys Division, 1856-1953; records of Flint Division, 1874-1967, including minute books, 1874-1958, and court registers, 1887-1967; Hawarden Division records, 1924-1971; Holywell Division records, 1863-1962; Hope Division records, 1907-1970; Mold Division records, 1917-1971; Mold, Hope and Hawarden Divisions court registers, 1921-1955; Northop Division records, 1917-1970; Mold, Hope, Hawarden and Northop Divisions records, 1887-1976; Overton (Maelor) Division records, 1906-1974; Prestatyn Division records, 1862-1974, including minute books, 1862-1973, and court registers, 1892-1974; Rhuddlan Division records, 1848-1983; Prestatyn and Rhuddlan Divisions records, 1894-1962; Holywell and Caerwys (with Flint from 1966) Division records, 1920-1975; records of Mold, Northop, Flint, Hawarden, Hope and Maelor Divisions, 1942-1975; records of Hawarden, Mold and Flint Divisions, 1968-1991; and specimen cases, 1960-1975.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by Division and Record Type.

Conditions governing access: Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain sensitive personal information as defined by the Act. Records are not available to searchers without prior consent of the Magistrates' Courts.

Conditions governing reproduction: Public records. May be copied without any need for a copyright form (but see access restrictions).

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Flintshire Record Office. Catalogue is searchable online at: http://calmview.flintshire.gov.uk/CalmView/

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained; adoption records for Prestatyn and Rhuddlan divisions are missing / have been destroyed.

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: Flintshire Record Office also holds printouts for Wrexham Maelor Magistrates Courts from October 1985 - see location L/143. Wrexham Maelor Magistrates court records for 1980s and part of the 1990s are held at Denbighshire Record Office. Nantconwy Division (Denbighshire and Caernarfonshire) Adoption Records 1927-38 are held by UCNW Library.

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 in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Petty Sessions Records; Glamorgan Record Office website (www.glamro.gov.uk/adobe/courts.pdf), viewed 14 Jul 2003.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2004


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

Personal names

Corporate names
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Flintshire). Caerwys Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Flintshire). Flint Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Flintshire). Hawarden Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Flintshire). Holywell Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Flintshire). Holywell and Caerwys Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Flintshire). Hope Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Flintshire). Mold Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Flintshire). Northop Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Flintshire). Overton Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Flintshire). Prestatyn Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Flintshire). Rhuddlan Division

Places
Clwyd (Wales)
Flintshire (Wales)

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