Saturday, 7 January 2017
Petty Sessions Courts handled cases ranged from merchants who had not paid duty on their goods, to workers suing for unpaid wages. Farmers were fined for letting their cattle wander or for allowing their cart to be driven without their name painted on the side. Debts were collected and disputes settled. Public drunkenness was a common offence, as was assault and general rowdiness. Political feelings were often volatile and there are frequent cases all over the country of people charged with putting up seditious posters or leaflets.
Findmypast additions this week include
The information contained varies considerably; you could find out: name, address, date in court, whether witness, complainant (or victim) or defendant (accused). Additional information in the image often includes details of the offence, verdict and sentence.
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