Newport County Court Records

Scope and Content

Records of Newport County Court, 1854-1992, including ordinary and default summons minute books, 1854-1969; registers and Taxing Officer's book relating to bankruptcy, 1893-1992; notebooks, 1961-1987; cause books, 1881-1982; registers relating to divorce, appeals and equity suits, 1930-1967; records relating to the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1908-1986; Admiralty Actions books and files, 1916-1975; Deeds of Arrangement index, 1888-[c. 1974].

Administrative / Biographical History

The County Court system was set up in 1846 to deal with the majority of civil cases such as divorce and property law and also includes the small claims court. The Courts, of which there are over 230 in England and Wales, are presided over by a District Judge, advised by a court clerk. Newport County Court is one of four such courts serving the former county of Gwent.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mrs Jan Jones, The Court Manager, Newport County Court, Olympia House, Newport, 1997.


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Records of Newport County Court 1854-1992, catalogue; BBC Crime website (, viewed 28 May 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are possible

Geographical Names