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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.
Contact details for the Crown courts can be found from the HM Courts and Tribunals Service website.
To find out whether we hold the records for a particular Crown court, click on the respective link in the table in section 7.
To improve efficiency the report recommended its replacement with a nationally administered court and the Courts Act 1971 incorporated most of the recommendations.
Crown and magistrates’ courts replaced the assize and quarter sessions courts in 1971.
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.
Many Crown courts have not yet sent any indictment files to The National Archives and their records remain in the custody of HM Courts and Tribunal Service.
For information about these records contact the Ministry of Justice.
Files have also been selected to represent the wide variety of cases heard by the Crown courts.