South Carolina Archives
Petitions and Decrees in Summary Process,
CREATOR: Court of Common Pleas.
TITLE: Petitions and decrees in summary process
VOLUME: 0.66 cubic ft.
ARRANGEMENT: Series arranged by year and there under by arbitrary number
assigned by the repository.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE: The South Carolina Circuit Court Act of
1769 authorized judges of circuit courts to rule on petitions in minor disputes
through summary process (without a jury). Although this act at long last
provided for courts sitting outside Charleston, all writs and other processes
triable in these courts had to issue from and be returnable to the Court of
Common Pleas in Charleston. S.C. Statute 1789(7)253 gave the circuit courts full
original and final jurisdiction.
SUMMARY SCOPE NOTE: This series consists of the original papers of record
in minor civil cases tried in summary jurisdiction (without a jury). Information
includes roll number; names of parties and attorneys; cause of action; amount
and kind of judgment; costs assessed; kind of execution; amount decreed;
interest; date the sheriff's service was proved before the court; and sheriff's
INDEX/FINDING AID: Plaintiff and defendant index entries for this series are
included in the repository's On-line Combined Index to Multiple Record Series,
1675-1929, and in the Combined Alphabetical Index produced by the repository on
computer output microfilm (COM) in 1991. The numeric code 0151 008 was used to
designate this series in the computer output microfilm index.
HIERARCHICAL NOTE: Forms part of the records of the South Carolina Court
of Common Pleas.