Catalogue description Assizes: Western Circuit: Criminal Depositions and Case Papers

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Reference: ASSI 26
Title: Assizes: Western Circuit: Criminal Depositions and Case Papers

The items in this series relate mainly to murder and other serious offences. A high proportion of the murders are cases of infanticide. After 1949 a wider range of offences is covered. The earlier depositions are sometimes annotated with verdict and sentence. Associated documents, such as medical and welfare reports, after 1957, will be found with the depositions. Twentieth century depositions are accompanied by indictments, lists of witnesses and exhibits, formal correspondence about the conduct of the trial and/or appeal. Documentary exhibits (mainly correspondence, photographs and medical reports), are also included.

Notable cases include: the prosecution of members of the communist party for sedition in 1921 (Glanville and Winter) and in 1931 (Shepherd, Allison and Fairman); Thomas Henry Allaway (murder, 1922); and the acquittal of Sarah Ann Hearn (murder, 1930).

Note: The naming of a defendant within this catalogue does not imply guilt.
Date: 1861-1971
Related material:

For information on the outcome of these cases, available in crown minute books (some closed for 75 years dates going up to 2047) and indictment files (some closed for 100 years dates going up to 2072), see respectively:



Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 632 bundles, files and papers
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated

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