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Series Description

Petitions and Decrees in Summary Process, 1783-1790


CALL NUMBER:        S 136011

CREATOR: Court of Common Pleas.

TITLE: Petitions and decrees in summary process

DATE: 1783-1790

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 costs.

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.