Catalogue description Court of King's Bench: Plea Side: Rolls of Attorneys

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Title: Court of King's Bench: Plea Side: Rolls of Attorneys

This includes 'private' rolls, containing the names of attorneys admitted to the Court of King's Bench under the Attorneys and Solicitors Acts of 1728 and 1843. They are arranged alphabetically and chronologically by the name of the attorney and date of admission, and give the attorney's place of residence, the date on which he was sworn and enrolled, and the name of the judge who granted the fiat of admission.

There are also 'public' rolls, arranged in the same way, but containing only the names of the attorneys admitted and their counties of residence.

Date: 1729-1875
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 18 volume(s)
Administrative / biographical background:

The Attorneys and Solicitors Act, 1728 (2 Geo II, c 23) provided that attorneys and solicitors should serve five years as clerks under articles, that they should be examined as to their fitness to act, that they should take a prescribed oath and that their names should be entered on a roll. After 1843 (6 & 7 Vict, c 73) the period of articles was reduced to three years in the case of graduates of Oxford, Cambridge, Dublin, Durham or London universities. The same act also directed that on admission the attorneys' names should be enrolled in alphabetical order in rolls or books.

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