Petty Sessions

Informal meetings of a few local JPs developed into Petty Sessions which dealt with minor criminal proceedings.  More formal Petty Sessional divisions or districts within each county were created in 1828.  Petty Sessions have evolved into the present day Magistrates Court which deal with minor crime and licensing.

In the majority of cases, detailed catalogues of these court records have not yet been made available online, and you are advised to contact the Archive Centre responsible directly for more information.

ALSTON Records at Carlisle Archives

ALSTON Records at Kendal Archives

AMBLESIDE and WINDERMERE

APPLEBY

BARROW-IN-FURNESS BOROUGH

BARROW-IN-FURNESS with BOOTLE AND ULVERSTON Available at Barrow

BOOTLE (MILLOM) Records available at Barrow

BOOTLE (MILLOM) Records available at Whitehaven

BRAMPTON

CARLISLE

COCKERMOUTH

CUMBERLAND WARD (in Quarter Sessions records)

CUMBERLAND WARD (in Carlisle City Council records)

EAST WARD, WESTMORLAND

HAWKSHEAD

KENDAL AND LONSDALE AND SOUTH LAKES

KENDAL BOROUGH

KENDAL WARD

KESWICK

KIRKBY STEPHEN

LEATH

LONGTOWN (in Quarter Sessions records)

LONGTOWN (in Carlisle city Council records)

LONSDALE WARD 

MARYPORT

MILLOM see BOOTLE

MILNTHORPE

NORTH LONSDALE

PENRITH

PENRITH AND ALSTON

SEDBERGH (EWECROSS)

ULVERSTON

WEST CUMBRIA

WEST WARD, WESTMORLAND

WHITEHAVEN (formerly ALLERDALE ABOVE DERWENT)

WIGTON (in Quarter Sessions records)

WIGTON (in Carlisle City Council records)

WORKINGTON

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