Much of the justices' time both in court and out of session was taken up with the business of dealing with crime which was on the increase during the 19th century in tandem with the growing population. Incidents reported included both felonies such as theft and malicious damage to property and misdemeanours such as assault and offences against particular Acts of Parliament. The most serious crimes including murder, treason and horse theft, were not dealt with on a local basis but were referred to the Assize Judges, sent out from the central courts in Westminster.
Evidence on the theft of two shirts
Articles of the Peace
Conviction under the Hawkers and Pedlars Act
Bond to secure appearance at court
Bond to keep good order at a public house