Cardiff County Court, Records

Scope and Content

Cause books, 1939-1979;

Ordinary Actions B, 1939-1961;

Plaint and minute books B, 1898-1951;

Divorce Causes, 1927-1951;

Bankruptcy petitions, 1908-1928;

Default actions C, 1939, 1959-1969;

Defaulters' summonses, 1899-1900, 1917-1921;

Funds ledger, 1961-1968;

Ordinary actions, 1968;

LAO scheme, 1941-1949.

Administrative / Biographical History

County Courts were established under an Act for the more easy recovery of Small Debts and Demands 1846 in Wales (and England). Each area was divided into court districts which did not necessarily coincide with county boundaries. These courts were also given jurisdiction over insolvency under the Bankruptcy Act 1846; jurisdiction over bankruptcy by the Bankruptcy Act 1869 was granted to those courts approved by the Lord Chancellor.

A number of other functions were acquired by County Courts, including jurisdiction in certain property cases, leasehold actions, the winding-up of companies (under the Companies Act 1867), child adoption cases and, notably, workmen's compensation under the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1925. Most of this particular function was transferred by the National Insurance (Industrial Injuries) Act 1946 to national insurance tribunals. Since 1973, county courts have co-operated in an informal arbitration scheme for small claims of money.


Chronological within record series.

Access Information

Items containing information on named individuals may be restricted in accordance with data protection legislation and GA policy.

Acquisition Information

Presented under the Public Records Act in November 2010 and July 2011

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available online

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Good condition

Archivist's Note

Compiled by M Wilcox for Glamorgan Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Appraisal Information

All records which meet the collection policy of Glamorgan Archives have been retained.

Custodial History

The records remained in the custody of the depositor until transferred to Glamorgan Archives.


Accruals are possible.