Catalogue description Court of King's Bench: Plea Side: Cognovits

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Reference: KB 133
Title: Court of King's Bench: Plea Side: Cognovits

Cognovits filed by the clerk of dockets and judgments of the King's Bench.

This series consists of those cognovits which were not registered, filed by term, alphabetically by the surname of the defendant. It is not indexed.

Date: 1825-1852
Related material:

Those later than 1875 are in J 58

Cognovits for the years from 1821 to 1825 are in KB 128

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 90 bundle(s)
Selection and destruction information: Recommended for destruction (to 1848) under the Report of the Committee on Legal Records, 1966, p 51
Administrative / biographical background:

A cognovit was a written acknowledgement by a defendant in a case before the court, usually of debt, that he had no defence to his opponent's case. He was then allowed a specified time to settle the debt and any agreed damages. If he did not adhere to the terms the plaintiff could enter judgment and seek writs of execution for the sums due. In 1822 the court ruled that such instruments, and warrants of attorney to confess judgment, which served a similar purpose, should be filed with the clerk of the dockets and judgements, and registers of warrants and cognovits were begun. The registered cognovits were subsequently destroyed.

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