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Supreme Court of Judicature: High Court of Justice, Chancery and King's Bench Divisions: Depositions

Statements on oath used in evidence in civil proceedings in the Queen's Bench and Chancery Divisions of the High Court of Justice. The Chancery depositions arise mainly from disputes concerning the administration of estates and trusts of settlement; those from the King's Bench relate mostly to actions relating to breaches of contract, claims for damages, recovery of debts, etc. Similar depositions from 1926 to 1959 have not survived, but from 1960 onwards a representative selection has been preserved. There is also a small amount of other material, such as documents exhibited in court, etc., including records arising from the trial of Sir Roger Casement in 1916.

Date: 1880-1991

Depositions are listed in date order, and within each year they are arranged alphabetically under plaintiff's names.

Related Material: Earlier King's Bench depositions are in:
Earlier records will be found in CP 22
KB 6
King's Bench Division pleadings are in KB 19
and KB 144
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator: Supreme Court of Judicature, Kings Bench Division, 1901-1952
Supreme Court of Judicature, Queens Bench Division, 1875-1901
Supreme Court of Judicature, Queens Bench Division, 1952-
Physical description: 706 bundles and files
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure
Selection and destruction information: The Denning Committee on Legal Records (1966) proposed in its Report (Cmnd 3084) that Queen's Bench Division depositions of this kind should be destroyed after 10 years. It also proposed the destruction of Chancery depositions 10 years after the end of the proceedings to which they relate, subject to the selection of random samples, designed to show the nature of the documents in use rather than the contents of individual items.

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