Catalogue description Supreme Court of Judicature: The Crown Court at Preston: Indictments

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Reference: J 286
Title: Supreme Court of Judicature: The Crown Court at Preston: Indictments

This series contains indictments for the Crown Courts at Preston, Lancaster and Barrow-in-Furness.

Indictments are a written or printed accusation of a crime. They consist of three parts: first, the commencement (name of case and defendant, court of trial, statement that named person is charged with offence(s); second, the statement of the offence(s); and third, the particulars (e.g. description of the offence, date, place of the offence, name of victim(s)).

Date: 1972-1979
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Supreme Court of Judicature, Crown Court at Preston, 1971-

Physical description: 237 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

Department for Constitutional Affairs , from 2005

Accruals: Series is accruing.
Administrative / biographical background:

The origins of the Crown Court lies in the Royal Commission set up by Lord Beeching in 1966 to investigate and propose reforms to the system of Assizes and Quarter Sessions that had remaioned unchanged for hundreds of years.

The Court Act 1971 adopted many of the reforms proposed by the Beeching Commission and replaced the traditional Assize Courts from 1 January 1972.

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