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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): MCC/CL/MC
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1945-1964
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.5 linear metres
Name of creator(s): MCC | Middlesex County Council x Middlesex County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Middlesex Magistrates' Courts Committee functioned for the whole County, and its members included justices representing each petty sessional division in the County. The Council worked closely with the Committee, and was empowered to make representations to the Home Secretary regarding any decision to alter the petty sessional divisions. The Council was expected to pay the expenses of the Committee and to appoint clerks to the justices and their staff. The Council also assumed responsiblity for the provision of petty sessional courthouses and the necessary furniture and books.

Magistrates' Courts were presided over by Justices of the Peace, who dealt at petty sessions, held locally, for minor offences committed within that petty sessional division. More serious offences were tried at quarter sessions.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Middlesex County Council Clerk's Department relating to magistrates' courts, 1945-1964, including papers relating to petty sessions; papers relating to court staff; papers relating to courthouses in Acton, Barnet, Brentford, Ealing, Enfield, Feltham, Hendon, Highgate, Tottenham, Uxbridge and Willesden; papers relating to the administration of courthouses; plans of Ealing, Enfield, Feltham, Uxbridge and Willesden courthouses.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

MCC/CL/MC/01: General

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the Corporation of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its parent authority, the Middlesex County Council, and with successor authorities.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For further papers relating to courthouses see references MCC/CL/L/MC and MCC/CL/L/SJ.

Publication note:

For further information on the history of the Middlesex County Council please see Middlesex by Sir Clifford Radcliffe (2 editions, 1939 and 1953), LMA Library reference 97.09 MID; and The County Council of the Administrative County of Middlesex: 76 years of local government, 1 April 1889 to 31 March 1965, by Middlesex County Council (1965), LMA library reference S97.09 MID.

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:
April to June 2009

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