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Cours du Cattel. One of the divisions of the Royal Court in which the Bailiff sat with three jurats it dealt with criminals and was also the court of appeal from the seigneural courts. The court was abolished in 1862. Prior to 1797 criminal cases were also heard in the Cour du Samedi [D/Y/F1]. Post 1797 criminal cases were heard in the newly created Poursuite Criminelles [D/Y/G1].
Cour du Samedi Registers. The Samedi Court is the general business court in the island and covers a wide range of matters. These include bankruptcy records, acts of séparations de biens, debt recovery, naturalisations, deed polls, licensing and professional registrations. Prior to 1797 some criminal cases can be found in this court. There has never been an Admiralty court in Jersey but the Cour du Samedi would sit in such cases if needed.
Poursuites criminelles. The Poursuite Criminelles volumes cover criminal cases tried before the Royal Court from 1797 onwards. The volumes also include details of inquests from c.1806 onwards. These volumes are closed for 100 years so permission is required to view more recent volumes.
Ecclesiastical Court. The Court was used to try people who were accused of ‘moral crimes’ e.g. adultery. The Ecclesiastical Court was also responsible for probate in the Island until 1949 when this function was taken on by the Judicial Greffe. All probate documents that were created by the Ecclesiastical Court have been transferred to the Archive.