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Sussex Quarter Sessions of Chichester, Horsham, Lewis, Midhurst & Petworth.
Although this is the second production of a calendar of Sussex Criminals and Victims, it does in fact cover an earlier period when the records are neither so voluminous or were so carefully kept.
In the middle of the eighteenth century none of judicial work of the Quarter Sessions appears to have been entered in the minute books and the Quarter Sessions rolls are similarly sparse.
From the appointment of James Michell as clerk of the peace in 1767 and his successor William Ellis in 1775, the entries grow in number and appear to record all the criminal cases that came before the justices.
The number of persons mentioned in this calendar is nearly 15,000 and includes the names of offenders, victims, jurors and bondsmen with details of the offences committed with location and in cases of felony the value of the goods or items stolen.
Also added are details of the sentences inflicted on the guilty which usually are included in the calendars of prisoners entered at the end of each session; these have been incorporated in each entry.
Transcribed by Michael J. Burchall, BA(Hons), FSG, from the original records in the East Sussex Record Office.
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