This series continues the series of entry books of orders in equity and revenue causes heard on the King's Remembrancer's side of the Exchequer. They also include copies of reports made by the barons pursuant to orders of the court.
The books were maintained in two parallel series, but without obvious differentiation in the type of order entered. The division between the books appears to have been one of practical bureaucracy, arising from the amount of business. For some periods, three rather than two books were maintained in parallel.
Orders were often procedural, but not necessarily so. Indeed, some special orders in effect resolved a suit, and may give a great deal of information about a particular case. Awards of arbitrators could, by agreement between the parties, be made an order of court; once the order had been obtained, the award became binding on all parties, and enforceable by process of the court.
Some orders were of general reference to the conduct of the court or the collection of the revenue, and might be adopted as a rule of the court. One required the clerk examiners to take an oath, obliging them to keep depositions secret until publication was ordered by the court.
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