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Pembrokeshire Record Office
Magistrates' Courts and Petty Sessions, records, Pembrokeshire

Reference code(s): GB 0213 T/PS

Held at: Pembrokeshire Record Office

Title: Magistrates' Courts Records

Short Title: Magistrates' Courts and Petty Sessions, records, Pembrokeshire

Creation date(s): 1884-1996

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): Courts of Petty Sessions (Pembrokeshire); Magistrates Courts (Pembrokeshire)

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Magistrates, or Justices of the Peace, were lay members of county administration and courts. Courts of Petty Sessions began to appear at the beginning of the eighteenth century, as extra meetings to reduce the burden on Justices of the Peace in Quarter Sessions. The Petty Sessions were regular meetings, subdivided into geographical divisions, with each magistrate being assigned to one division. The Petty Sessions dealt 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. In the Pembrokeshire area, divisions included Cemaes Petty Sessions Division, Cardigan Petty Sessions Division, Castlemartin Petty Sessions Division, Fishguard Division (also referred to as Gogledd Preseli), Narberth Division, Roose Division, Tenby Division, Pembroke Division, Dewsland Division, Dungleddy Petty Sessions Division. The Petty Sessional Divisions (Pembrokeshire) Order 1954 reorganised the divisions and created a new Division of Haverfordwest, which had previously only covered the town of Haverfordwest. The Division of the Milford Haven Petty Sessions was established in 1939. In 1971, the Petty and Quarter Sessions were replaced by Magistrates' and Crown Courts respectively.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Magistrates Courts, Pembrokeshire, 1884-1996, including records of the Cemaes Petty Sessions Division, 1907-1969, Cemaes Court Registers, 1972-1985, Cemaes Juvenile Court records, 1947-1986, Castlemartin Petty Sessions records, 1902-1954, court registers of the Cardigan Division, 1995-1998, court registers of the Cleddau, 1986-1996, records of the Petty Sessional Division of Cilgerran, 1901-1954, Dewsland Petty Sessions, 1890-1986, registers of domestic courts, 1979-1990, Dungleddy Petty Sessions records, 1906-1954, Fishguard Petty Sessions records, 1909-1994, Haverfordwest Petty Sessions records, 1919-1984, Juvenile Court Registers, 1934-1998, register of licences, 1952-1987, records of the Milford Haven Petty Sessions, 1936-1986, Narberth Petty Sessions records, 1885-1996, records relating to Pembroke Petty Sessions, 1884-1986, Roose Petty Sessions records, 1875-1955, court registers of the South Pembrokeshire Division, 1986-1996, court registers for Community Charge/Council Tax, 1975-1995, and Tenby Petty Sessions records, 1925-1986.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Cardigan Division; Castlemartin Division; Cemaes Division; Cleddau Division (from May 1986); Dewsland Division; Dungleddy Division; Fishguard Division; Haverfordwest Division; Milford Haven Division; Narberth Division; Narberth Division sitting at Saundersfoot; Pembroke Division; Roose Division sitting at Haverfordwest; Roose Division sitting at Milford Haven; South Pembrokeshire Division; Tenby Division; Juvenile Courts; Nonpayment of rates, community charge, council tax; Domestic Courts - North and South; and Licensing Sessions.

Conditions governing access: The Petty Session records are restricted for 30 years after date of volume.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Physical characteristics: The Court Registers, 1979, 1980, of the Dewsland Petty Sessions are missing.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Pembrokeshire Record Office.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The register of store licences under the Explosives Act 1875, Haverfordwest Division and Dewsland Division was found among the papers of R. T. P. Williams, Solicitors.

Immediate source of acquisition: Transferred by the Clerk of Pembrokeshire County Council and the Cemaes Juvenile Court records between April 1968 and March 2000.

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Magistrates' Courts, catalogue.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2005


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

Personal names

Corporate names
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Pembrokeshire)
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Pembrokeshire). | Cardigan Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Pembrokeshire). | Castlemartin Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Pembrokeshire). | Cemaes Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Pembrokeshire). | Dewsland Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Pembrokeshire). | Dungleddy Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Pembrokeshire). | Fishguard Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Pembrokeshire). | Haverfordwest Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Pembrokeshire). | Milford Haven Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Pembrokeshire). | Narberth Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Pembrokeshire). | Pembroke Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Pembrokeshire). | Roose Division
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Pembrokeshire). | Tenby Division
Great Britain | Magistrates' Courts (Pembrokeshire)

Places
Cardigan (Wales)
Pembrokeshire (Wales)

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