Catalogue description Commissioner of Legal Enquiry in the West Indies, volume 15. Records of the...

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Reference: CO 318/72

Commissioner of Legal Enquiry in the West Indies, volume 15. Records of the commissioners as follows:

  • Printed copy of the Second Report of the Commissioners of Enquiry into the Administration of Criminal and Civil Justice in the West Indies and South American Colonies: United Colony of Demerara and Essequibo and Colony of Berbice. Dated 14 April 1828. Parliamentary Paper No 577, 285 pages;
  • Manuscript copy of 'Special Report of the Commissioners of Legal Enquiry for the West Indies on the United Colonies of Demerara and Essequibo and the Colony of Berbice adverting only to those points which appear to them to claim the early consideration of His Majesty's Government'. With observations on the answers to questions under the following heads: 1, Courts in general; 2, the Crown; 3, the Governor; 4, the President; 5, the Fiscal; 6, Colonial Secretary; 7, Sworn Accountant of the Court; 8, Advocate Pro Deo; 9, First Marshal; 10, Drossaart; 11, Counsel and Notaries; 12, Administrators of Church and Poor's Funds; [13 not included] 14, Court of Admiralty; 15, Criminal Court; 16, Orphan Chamber; 17, Married Women; 18, Slaves; 19, Aliens; 20, Wills; 21, Mortgages; 22, Prae and Concurrentice; 23, Manumissions; 24, Foreign Judgments and Contracts; 25, Bankruptcy; 26, Curators and Sequestrators; 27, Arrests; 28, Costs; 29, Executions; 30, Appeals;
  • Manuscript copy of 'Private Report on Demerara and Berbice', under the same heads as above with the exception of Nos 4, 9, 14 and 21, and with the addition of 'First Marshal' and 'Heads of Reform'. With 'Geographical and Historical account of Guiana and more particularly of British Guiana comprizing the Colonies of Demerara, Essequibo and Berbice, and their respective dependencies' and with 30 appendices.
  • Correspondence between the commissioners and the Colonial Office.

Date: 1828
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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