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This research guide provides advice on finding records of the Crown Court and magistrates’ courts.
Crown and magistrates’ courts replaced the assize and quarter sessions courts in 1971.
They also hear referrals for sentencing and appeals from lower courts.
To find out whether we hold the records for a particular Crown court, click on the respective link in the table in section 7.The indictment is an important document and contains key information about the progress of the trial, outcome and appeal (if relevant).The indictment was formally annotated during the trial thereby providing a concise account of the events and decisions that occurred.It does not cover civil court records such as those created by the tribunals service (which deals with cases of, for example, child support and social security), county courts (civil litigation) or the civil division of the High Court and the Court of Appeal.For more detailed advice on records of the Central Criminal Court (the Crown Court in the City of London) see our guide to Trials in the Old Bailey and the Central Criminal Court.