The ‘Report of the Royal Commission on Assizes and Quarter Sessions’ (Sessional Papers, House of Commons, Cmnd 4153, 1966-69, XXVIII, 433) was published in 1969.Chaired by Lord Beeching, the three year investigation identified many problems with the existing criminal justice system.
These new courts took responsibility for the quarter sessions work as well as criminal assize work for south Lancashire.
The assizes work for the west Derby area was assigned to Liverpool and the assizes work of Salford was assigned to Manchester.
To find a case file search our catalogue using any combination of the following search terms: You can search within the records of a specific court by using the advanced search and selecting the appropriate record series from the table in section 7 as your reference.
The naming of a defendant within our catalogue does not imply guilt.
Files have also been selected to represent the wide variety of cases heard by the Crown courts.
For many of the Crown courts, The National Archives holds only samples of surviving case files.
Not all individual case files are kept permanently.
Those that are kept tend to be files that record more serious crimes, cases that attracted public interest, or were of significance (either legally or historically), or where the accused was eminent or infamous or if the case generated widespread public concern.
To improve efficiency the report recommended its replacement with a nationally administered court and the Courts Act 1971 incorporated most of the recommendations.