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Glamorgan Archives
Cardiff Borough Petty Sessions records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 PSCBO

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Cardiff Borough Petty Sessions records

Short Title: Cardiff Borough Petty Sessions records

Creation date(s): 1846-1989

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 7.98 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): Cardiff Borough Court of Petty Sessions


Administrative/Biographical history: Petty Sessions divisions were established based on the groups of parishes known as hundreds. The court sat at larger towns and boroughs in the division. The courtroom was often located in a police station, hence their occasional description as police courts. As well as dealing with minor cases and committing cases to higher courts, they also determined the licensing of public houses. Petty Sessions also recorded the final step in the process of the adoption of children.


Scope and content/abstract: Minutes books, 1846-1895; first court minutes books, 1895-1904; second court minutes books, 1895-1901; first court registers of offences, 1903-1962; second court register of offences, 1900-1962; court registers, 1962-1979; matrimonial court minutes books, 1941-1949; matrimonial court registers, 1949-1962; juvenile court registers, 1919-1962; juvenile court adoptions minute books, 1927-1952; adoption orders, 1927-1948; licensing court records, 1938-1974 (predominantly 1967-1974); mental deficiency court records, 1914-1960; clerk to the magistrates records, 1875-1973; informations and warrants, 1868-1912; bastardy orders, 1856-1944; lists of magistrates, 1892-1962; equiries into shipping accidents, 1904-1920; general minutes, 1857-1956; compensation authority minutes, 1905-1951; licensing committee minutes, 1919-1957; probation committee minutes, 1919-1956; justices year book, 1902-1989; miscellaneous records, 1887-1969


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access: Items containing information on named individuals may be restricted in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Written permission is required before the archives can be consulted.

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Record Office conditions apply

Finding aids: A full version of the catalogue can be searched online at


Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office by the Clerk to the Justices, 1984-1990, apart from some items which were received via Cardiff City Hall and the Cardiff Library Service.



Archivist's note: Compiled by David Morris for the ANW project. The following source was used for compilation: Glamorgan Record Office finding aids.

Rules or conventions: Description follows Archives Network Wales guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2005

Great Britain. | Court of Petty Sessions (Glamorgan). | Cardiff Borough Division | Records and correspondence

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Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Glamorgan). | Cardiff Borough Division

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