Registrar of the High Court of Delegates: Personal Answers and Depositions
Personal answers by respondents replying to the libels of appellants, and depositions taken by examination in London which were kept in book form by the Registrar of the High Court of Delegates.
The series contains two bundles of unbound depositions covering 1636/ and 1640-1735.
Depositions relating to a particular cause are not always together because the records are in chronological rather than cause sequence.
The appellant having tendered a libel comprising a series of allegations, the respondent was required to supply personal answers to each of the allegations in turn. Personal answers were taken usually by an examiner or before a commission, paralleling the procedures followed when taking evidence; on very rare occasions they might be given in open court.
Once the preliminaries had been completed, the main, proof, stage of the cause would be reached. Two sorts of evidence came before the judges-delegate: exhibits (i.e. documents) and depositions, i.e. written 'witness statements' being replies to a series of questions.
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