Supreme Court of Judicature: High Court of Justice, Chancery, Common Pleas, Exchequer and Queen's Bench Divisions: Pleadings

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Supreme Court of Judicature: High Court of Justice, Chancery, Common Pleas, Exchequer and Queen's Bench Divisions: Pleadings

These are mainly records arising from actions in the Chancery and Queen's Bench Divisions of the High Court of Justice; down to March 1880 they belong to the Chancery Division. Thereafter, they also include pleadings from the Queen's Bench Division and a few from the Exchequer and Common Pleas Divisions. They include statements of claim, defence and counterclaims, associates' certificates concerning trial of action and its outcome, certificates of costs, notices of change of solicitor, etc. Some relate to actions tried at provincial assizes and were handled by district registries.

Among the more important types of proceedings to be found in the Chancery pleadings are actions relating to partnerships, mortgages, trusts and tenancy agreements etc. The Queen's Bench pleadings are mainly of a commercial character and concern such matters as breach of contract, actions of debt and damages and claims for compensation for injuries. There are also some pleadings relating to libel actions and breaches of promise.

PLEASE NOTE: J 54/1548 is available to download free of charge as part of the Digital Microfilm project.


From 1875 until 1879 files are arranged according to the date of filing, the pleadings for each year being listed alphabetically under the first letter of plaintiffs' names. From 1880 they are similarly arranged in quarterly divisions of the year.

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
2542 boxes, bundles and files
Access conditions:
Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
from 2007 Department for Constitutional Affairs
Series is accruing

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