High Court of Admiralty: Instance Court: Assignation Books, Series I

High Court of Admiralty: Instance Court: Assignation Books, Series I

This series contains assignation books (series I) of the Instance Court.

These assignation books contain brief notes of the proceedings of each session of the Instance Court, and also record the formal adjournment of sittings of oyer and terminer at Admiralty Sessions. The earliest assignation book in the series covers 1671 to 1673; the others cover 1747 to 1767.

Each entry gives the current state of the case concerned, and the names of the proctors acting in it. The final part of each entry is a summary of action taken at the hearing, which might be a final judgment but is more often than not a postponement.



Related Material:
Records of the oyer and terminer cases are in HCA 1
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
High Court of Admiralty, Instance Court, 1660-1875
Physical description:
142 boxes and volumes
Selection and destruction information:
Many of the early instance assignation books were destroyed under Schedules of 1915 and 1922, but the earliest book, covering 1671 to 1673, escaped destruction.

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