This series contains:
- 'Printed Cases in Indian and Colonial Appeals' (1792 to 1878), including appeals from the Crown Dependencies (Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man);
- 'Printed Papers in Appeals' (1873 to 2008).
The latter are a continuation of the earlier sequence but with the addition of ecclesiastical (including marital and probate), maritime and prize appeals previously kept in different sequences (see PCAP 2, PCAP 3 and PCAP 13), appeals from professional regulatory bodies and constitutional cases from Scotland. Earlier transfers took place of ecclesiastical and maritime appeals into PCAP 2, whilst the colonial and Indian appeals remained in the Privy Council Office and were later transferred to The National Archives as part of PCAP 6; however, there is sometimes an overlap between the two series.
Each volume contains all cases heard by the Judicial Committee within a given period. For each case, full transcripts of the Appellant's case (occasionally with appendices) and the case on behalf of the Respondent (occasionally with appendices) and the respective Committee Judgments applying to each case are provided. These transcripts comprise the key record of the substance of heard appeals, particularly the evidence and process of the courts appealed from. A printed case can run to many hundred pages of detailed transcripts of exhibits and argument. Other PCAP series provide the administrative background to these and rejected petitions to appeals.
Each catalogue entry includes a regional geographical / typical descriptor to aid searching of appeals by wide area. These descriptors (given here in italics) comprise:
Africa: Alexandria; Basutoland; Bechuanaland Protectorate; Cairo; Cape of Good Hope; Eastern Africa Court of Appeal; Egypt; Gambia; Ghana; Gold Coast Colony; Lagos; Lesotho; Natal; Nigeria; Northern Rhodesia; Port Natal; Rhodesia and Nyasaland; Sierra Leone; Sierra Leone, Vice Admiralty Court; Somaliland; South Africa, Griqualand West; Supreme Court For Egypt; Swaziland; Traansvaal; Uganda; West African Court of Appeal.
Australasia: Australia; New South Wales; New Zealand; Queensland; South Australia; Tasmania; Van Diemen's Land; Victoria; Western Australia.
Caribbean: Anguilla; Antigua; Antigua and Barbuda; the Bahamas; Barbados; Barbuda; Belize; Bermuda; British Guiana; British Honduras; British Virgin Islands; Cayman Islands; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; Leeward Islands; St Lucia; St Vincent; Trinidad; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands; Windward Islands; Caribbean Court of Appeal; Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court; St Christopher [St Kitts], Nevis and Anguilla; West Indian Court of Appeal; Windward Islands and Leeward Islands; St Vincent Circuit; St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Crown Dependency: Guernsey; Isle of Man; Jersey.
Ecclesiastical: Ecclesiastical, England; Ecclesiastical, Marital; Ecclesiastical, Probate.
Far East: Brunei Darussalam; China; China and Corea [Korea]; China and Japan; Federated Malay States; Hong Kong; Japan; Johore; Malay States; Malaya; Malaysia; Penang; Perak; Sarawak, North Borneo and Brunei; Shanghai; Singapore; Straits Settlements.
India: Agra and Oudh; Ajmer; Allahabad; Baluchistan; Bengal; Bihar and Orissa; Bombay; Burma; Calcutta; Central Provinces; Coorg; East India Company; Fort William; Hyderabad (Deccan); India: Lahore; Lower Burma; Lucknow; Madras; Moulmein; Mysore; Nagpur; North West Frontier Province; North Western Provinces; North Western Provinces, Oudh; Oudh; Patna; Punjab; Quetta; Rangoon; Sindh or Sind; Upper Burma
Indian Ocean: Ceylon; Mauritius; Seychelles; Zanzibar; Diocese of Mauritius and the Seychelles.
Mediterranean: Constantinople; Cyprus; Egypt; Gibraltar; Malta; Ottoman Porte; Palestine.
North America: Alberta; British Columbia; Canada; Island of St John in the Gulf of St Lawrence; Lower Canada; Manitoba; Montreal; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Upper Canada.
Prize (ships captured or seized in wartime).
Professional Standards UK: the General Dental Council; the General Medical Council; the General Optical Council; the Occupational Therapists Board; the Radiographers' Board; the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.