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LOS ANGELES AREA COURT RECORDS 1850-1910 FINDING AID The Huntington Library Bill Frank Katrina Denman April 30, 2014 ©The Huntington Library
|Title||Finding aid for Los Angeles area court records, 1850-1910.|
|Creator||California. Superior Court (Los Angeles County)|
|Extent||4,484 boxes, also 541 bound volumes.|
|Biographical Note||The California Judiciary Act of 1851established a court system that consisted of District, County, and Justice of the Peace courts. Los Angeles was a part of a district that also included San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. District courts had jurisdiction in civil cases where the disputed value exceed two hundred dollars, criminal cases, and probate disputes. The State Constitution 1879 replaced the district system with Supreme Court, District Courts of Appeal, and Superior Courts established for each county in the state. Justices of the peace and county justices served in different city and county courts, including Justices courts and county courts.|
|Scope and Content||A collection of historical cases that the Los Angeles Superior Court placed on long-term deposit at the Huntington Library in 1996. Additional material was subsequently transferred to the Huntington in 2002 and interfiled with the main collection. In 2008, the Court made a major addition to the collection by placing on long-term deposit the surviving case files and supporting materials of the Superior Court itself for the period 1880-1899, including both the Civil series and the separate "Current" Probate series from its inception in 1893. The collection includes cases filed in the 1st and 17th District Court of California Los Angeles County Court, Los Angeles Probate Court, Los Angeles criminal, Los Angeles Justices Court, and Superior and Probate Courts both civil and probate.;1st/17th District Court of California: civil cases case # 1-5431, with gaps Mar. 1851-1879, also plaintiff and defendant indices registers of actions judgment books 1875-1879, judgment dockets 1876 - 1879, minu|
|Notes||All inquiries about this collection should be directed to the Curator, Hispanic, Cartographic & Modern Western Manuscripts.|
|Provenance||Placed on deposit by Los Angeles County Archival Center, 1996, 2002 and 2008.|
California. Superior Court (Los Angeles County).
Courts -- California -- Los Angeles County -- History -- Sources.
Justice, Administration of, -- California -- Los Angeles County -- History -- Sources.
California, Southern -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Los Angeles County (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Judicial records California 19th century. (aat)
Finding aids. (aat)
California. District Court (1st Judicial District)
California. District Court (17th Judicial District)
Los Angeles County (Calif.)
|Department||The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department|
|Call Number||mssLos Angeles court records|
|Physical Collection||Los Angeles area court records.|
|Digital Collection||Finding Aids, Huntington Digital Library|
|Physical Description||205 p.|
|Digitization Specifications||Original finding aid converted into PDF document by B. Black, 2015-02-03; revised finding aid converted into PFD by M. Einaudi, 2015-07-09.|
|Original Finding Aid||Finding aid prepared by Bill Frank and Katrina Denman, updated October 7, 2010; updated May 28, 2011; updated September 19, 2011; updated November 27, 2012; updated February 2015.|
|Citation Information||Finding aid for Los Angeles area court records, Huntington Digital Library, San Marino, California.|
|Related Huntington Digital Material||Database available: http://cdm16003.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16003coll10 .|
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|Cataloging Notes||Organized in the following manner: First era: 1. 1st/17th District Court of California, Civil (213 boxes); 2. Los Angeles County Court, Civil (35 boxes); 3. Los Angeles County Probate Court: First Series (56 boxes); 4. Los Angeles County [combined] Criminal (37 boxes); 5. Los Angeles County Court of Sessions (volumes only); 6. Los Angeles County Justice Court, Civil (2 boxes); 7. Los Angeles County Justice Court, Criminal (9 boxes); Second era: 1. Superior Court, Civil (3,541boxes); 2. Superior Court, Probate: Second Series (240 boxes); Superior Court, Probate: Current Series (284 boxes); Items removed from various series (41 boxes). In addition, there are volumes from: 1. Los Angeles Township; 2. Long Beach Township; 3. Los Angeles County: miscellaneous; Los Angeles City: Police Court).|