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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): CLA/005
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1751-1986
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 49.8 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Corporation of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

A Magistrates' Court was held in the Guildhall Justice Room.

The Justice Room and offices were over built by William Rolfe for 2,900. The contract was awarded in 1795, the rooms completed and furnished by 1798. 5 Church Passage was appropriated to the Justice Room in 1858.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of court proceedings, including minute books, 1752-1796; court registers, 1825-1986; charge books, 1850-1880; summaries, 1853-1880; special sessions books, 1858-1936; registers of licences, 1873-1963 and 1873-1982; gaolers registers, 1895-1947; registers for juvenile court, 1920-1950; register of adoptions, 1927-1949 and notes of evidence, 1900-1975; together with administrative records and some miscellaneous historical material, including register of clubs, 1903-1938; Committee of Justices minute book, 1860-1908; report regarding the principal duties of the clerk to the Justices at Guildhall, 1849 and sample sheets of fee stamps. Also some adoption case files, 1927-1949.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In sections according to the catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Corporation of London Records Office.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For Corporation of London records relating to courts see: CLA/004: Mansion House Justice Room, CLA/005: Guildhall Justice Room, CLA/023 Court of Husting, City of London, CLA/024: Mayor's Court, City of London, CLA/025: Sheriff's Court, City of London, CLA/026: City of London Court, CLA/027: Mayor's and City of London Court, CLA/038: Court of Requests, City of London, CLA/039: Courts of Judicature, City of London, CLA/040: Courts of Law, CLA/041: City of London Coroners Court, CLA/042: Southwark Crown Court, COL/CA/MGA: Court of Aldermen Magistracy Committee, COL/CC/AJC: Court of Common Council Administration of Justice Committee, COL/CC/CRC: Court of Common Council Court of Requests Committee, COL/CC/CRE: Court of Common Council Central Criminal Court (Extension) Committee, COL/CC/CRN: Court of Common Council Central Criminal Court Newson Smith Committee, COL/CC/LPC: Court of Common Council Law, [Parliamentary] and City Courts Committee, COL/CC/SDC: Court of Common Council Secondaries and Sheriffs' Courts Committee, COL/CHD/IC: Chamberlain's Department: Institutions and Courts and COL/PL for plans of courts.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Added February 2009. Updated October 2021.

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