Chancery: Copies of Private Acts of Parliament and Legal Records Brought into Chancery on Certiorari (Rolls Chapel Series)

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Details of C 89
Reference: C 89
Title: Chancery: Copies of Private Acts of Parliament and Legal Records Brought into Chancery on Certiorari (Rolls Chapel Series)

Mainly private acts of Parliament, enacted between the reigns of Henry VIII and George III, which were brought into Chancery upon writs of certiorari.

The remainder of the series contains a miscellany of records certified into Chancery, including depositions, orders of Star Chamber, bills exhibited before the lord mayor of London, and fines; proceedings in Bankruptcy, Star Chamber, and the High Court of Delegates; and extracts from Domesday Book.

Date: 1511-1822
Related material:

Other acts of Parliament transmitted to Chancery by writ of certiorari are in C 204

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 21 bundles and rolls
Publication note:

The originals of many of the copies of the acts in this series appear in print in Statutes of the Realm (9 vols, Record Commission, 1810-1828); Public General Acts and Measures. The Chronological Table and Index of the Statutes, first issued in 1885; and Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660, ed C H Firth and R S Rait (3 vols, HMSO, 1911). Many of the private acts appear, however, as titles only, and the titles in print do not exactly coincide with those listed for this series.

Administrative / biographical background:

These copies were made by the keepers of the statutes or legal records in response to writs of certiorari sent from Chancery requesting a copy of a specific statute or record. It is not as yet clear at whose specific behest these copies were ordered.

The acts included are nearly all private acts; public acts were printed in the sessional statute, the approved list of parliamentary acts printed at the end of each session, and as the printed copy was produceable in a court of law as a legal record, recourse was not needed to a writ of certiorari to provide a copy acceptable to the court.

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