Justices of Assize, South-Eastern Circuit, 1876-1971
Administrative / biographical background:
As a result of the reform of 1876 which rearranged the assize circuits, the Home Circuit and some of the Norfolk Circuit were combined to create the South Eastern Circuit. It should be noted that the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court, which embraces London and Middlesex, also extended over parts of the counties of Essex, Kent and Surrey form 1834.
The Home Circuit comprised Essex, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Sussex and Kent. On the abolition of the circuit all the above counties were incorporated in a newly created South-Eastern Circuit, apart from Surrey, which was unattached, until being similarly transferred by a further order in Council of 28 July 1893.
Prior to 1876, the Norfolk Circuit comprised Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Huntingdonshire, Suffolk and Leicestershire.
The South-Eastern Circuit comprised Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Essex, Suffolk Hertfordshire, Surrey (from 1893), Huntingdonshire, Sussex and Kent.
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