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Legal history: England & common law tradition: Court Records & Archives

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Records, rolls & deeds

The National Archives at Kew (formerly the Public Record Office PRO in Chancery Lane, London) is where you can find court rolls and surviving court documents up till the early (20th.

For practical details about using The National Archives start with this link.

There is a programme to digitise the surviving court records see the link AALT below

Court hand

Law Latin

Latin (in a post-classical form) was the usual language of writs and court rolls until 1731 (4 Geo. II, c.26).

Manor Rolls