Last updated: 09/12/2011
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The county courts are civil courts which deal mainly with
the recovery of debts, but also with breach of contract, road
accident claims, property possession cases, bankruptcy proceedings,
company winding-up and child adoption cases.
In the 1960s it was decided that the records of county courts
should be transferred to the Public Record Office (now the National
Archives), but most records were retained locally. In 1986 the Lord
Chancellor recommended that because of the essentially local
interest of the records they should be deposited with local record
offices; guidance from the Lord Chancellor's department identified
specific series of records for permanent preservation, either in
entirely or by sampling. Accordingly, in 1988 County Court records
for Falmouth, Newquay and Truro were transferred from local
offices, and for Redruth from the Public Record Office.
Available at CRO
Records for Falmouth, Newquay, Redruth and Truro County Courts
(catalogue reference CT). All records carry a 30 year seal except
those relating to adoption which are closed for 75 years.