APPEALS TO THE PRIVY COUNCIL FROM THE AMERICAN COLONIES: AN ANNOTATED DIGITAL CATALOGUE: PART 2
Item #: 1007093
Published: Cambridge; Ames Foundation; 2021.
Series: AMES FOUNDATION PUBLICATIONS SERIES
Subjects: LEGAL HISTORY, BIBLIOGRAPHY
This annotated digital catalogue offers a systematic presentation of the appeals to the Privy Council from the British Caribbean and Canadian colonies to 1783, with links to related documents. By the dawn of the eighteenth century, the power of the Privy Council as advisor to the sovereign was already waning. Nonetheless, the Council and its associated subsidiaries retained responsibility for the administration of the growing number of English colonies. As part of this oversight of colonial governance, the Council exercised appellate jurisdiction over the decisions of the highest courts in each colony. The purpose of the catalogue is to provide a foundation for further study of these appeals through improved access to the source material.
The catalogue contains 519 reports on appeals, listing all the known appeals in this period. Each report gives: the colony from which the case was appealed; full and short name of the appeal as compiled from the entries in the ‘Acts of the Privy Council, Colonial Series’ (APC); the names and dates of lower court actions; the names of participants; the subject matter and disposition of the case; and more. Accompanying lists include case names and parties to the cases, vessels, surviving printed cases, counsel, and references in the cases to enslaved persons and to plantations or land. The printed catalog is accompanied by a website (https://amesfoundation.law.harvard.edu/ColonialAppeals/CaribAppeals/) that provides links to original documents and a comprehensive index of persons.
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