These records contain decrees, orders and dimissions (cases dismissed, often to another court) which were enrolled to provide a permanent and authoritative record of final judgements of the court of Chancery.
It is certain that some of the cases recorded were collusive, the decree roll being used as a means of registering agreements.
Most of the decrees relate to land disputes, although the whole gamut of Chancery cases is represented. Until 1833 the pleadings of the parties and the court's proceedings are sometimes summarised in the rolls as well.
Orders confirming orders of English ecclesiastical courts directing the payment of sums of money, or of the court of Chancery of Ireland, or of the Incumbered Estates Court of Ireland, might also be enrolled.
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