Source Information

Ancestry.com. Yorkshire, England, Quarter Session Records, 1637-1914 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
Original data:

Leeds Quarter Sessions, Order and Indictment Books. West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds, England.

West Riding Quarter Sessions, Order Books, West Yorkshire Archive Service, Wakefield, England.

West Riding Quarter Sessions, Indictment Books, West Yorkshire Archive Service, Wakefield, England.

About Yorkshire, England, Quarter Session Records, 1637-1914

Quarter Sessions were so-called because they met four times each year. The court was presided over by the Justices of the Peace, the most important officers in local government. They had both a civil and a criminal jurisdiction, and before 1888 they also had an administrative function. Civil cases usually appear in the court’s order books and criminal cases in the indictment books. The West Riding Quarter Sessions was a peripatetic court which moved around the county. Cases for Wakefield, Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford were heard at the West Riding Quarter Sessions. Leeds, as a large town, had its own Court of Quarter Sessions which was separate from the main county court. Due to boundary changes, some areas now covered by Leeds Metropolitan District will have been heard in the West Riding Quarter Sessions.

Quarter Sessions records for the Borough of Leeds are at West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds. Quarter Sessions records for the West Riding) are at WYAS Wakefield. Quarter Sessions were abolished in 1971.

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