The Resource Records of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Records of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Label
Records of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, 1871-1914
Title
Records of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
Inclusive dates
1871-1914
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Contains a variety of material including correspondence, job applications and recommendations, court case papers, law license applications, completed Bar Examinations, as well as proposals, bids and receipts for printing from the office of the Clerk of Court. The material reveals the process by which citizens were appointed to positions within the Court, as well the steps lawyers had to take in order to become licensed to practice in Virginia. Documents found in this collection also show the process by which printing of the Court's records was procured and managed by the Clerk of Court
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Supreme Court. (Search author as Virginia Supreme Court).
Member of
Action
  • Accessioned
  • Described
Biographical or historical data
  • The Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals was created by an act of the General Assembly passed at the May 1779 session and has continued to the present day. Its antecedent was the General Court, which, after it was reestablished under the constitution of 1776, shared appellate jurisdiction with the Supreme Court until 1851, when the new state constitution abolished the General Court. Prior to that date, the General Court had criminal jurisdiction, while the Supreme Court was restricted to civil cases. While the court now has concurrent original jurisdiction in issuing and hearing writs of habeas corpus, mandamus and prohibition, retirement, removal, and matters of judicial censure, its jurisdiction is almost exclusively appellate. An act of the General Assembly passed on March 16, 1971 changed the name of the court to the Supreme Court of Virginia.
  • Originally, the judges of the other state courts also served on the Supreme Court. However, since 1789 Supreme Court judges have been elected by the General Assembly. Currently the court has seven justices whose term in office is twelve years. Although the Supreme Court has always held its sessions in Richmond, it also has met from time to time in other locations in the state for the convenience of its litigants. In particular, the court met at Wytheville from 1870-1945 and at Staunton from 1870-1971.
Cataloging source
VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
Label
Records of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vi00945.xml.frame
Note
Part of Record Group 100 (Supreme Court of Virginia)
Arrangement
Arrangement varies by series.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Inventory
  • Inventory
Extent
3.6
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Lucy, Allen L. - Clerk, Supreme Court of Virginia
Organization method
Organized into the following series: Series I. Correspondence, 1882-1910; Series II. Court Papers and Miscellaneous Documents, 1871-1914; Series III. Law License Applications and Bar Examinations, 1898-1906; Series IV. Printing Records, 1880-1903.
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001593199
Terms governing use
There are no use restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (8 boxes)

Library Locations

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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