Catalogue descriptionCourt of King's Bench: Plea Side: Affidavits of Due Execution of Articles of Clerkship, Series III
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Court of King's Bench: Plea Side: Affidavits of Due Execution of Articles of Clerkship, Series III
Affidavits of due execution of articles of clerkship in the Court of King's Bench.
They usually include the name of the clerk, and sometimes his age, the names and addresses of his parent or guardian and the master to whom he was bound, and the date and length of term of the articles. They occasionally include the age of the clerk.There are also a few affidavits of persons not admitted.
Each affidavit was given a serial number when it was filed with the court.
Between 1840 and 1849 the affidavits are usually filed by date of admission rather than that of execution, and thus include affidavits that would otherwise have been in the earlier series. A small number of affidavits from that period are still filed by date of execution rather than by date of admission, and it seems likely that they relate to clerks who were not admitted as attorneys. The affidavits filed by date of admission for the period 1840 to 1849 are often accompanied by affidavits attesting the payment of stamp duty and by the judge's fiat for admission. After 1849, the affidavits are once again filed according to the date of execution, but affidavits of persons admitted to practise as attorneys do not survive.
Affidavits and other admission papers for the period from 1840 to 1849 can be traced only when the date of admission is known, and then by searching the appropriate bundle of affidavits. The date of admission can be obtained either from the records of the Registrar of Attorneys and Solicitors, which are kept at the Law Society, Ipsley Court, Redditch, Hereford and Worcester, or by using the indexes to articles of clerkship in KB 171, or the rolls of attorneys in KB 172
Administrative / biographical background:
The Continuance of Acts, etc Act of 1749 prescribed that clerks wishing to qualify as attorneys and solicitors and who were articled under the Attorneys and Solicitors Act of 1728 were to file an affidavit in the court attesting that their articles of clerkship had been duly attested.
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