News – Court Archives Online

The Sheffield Hertfordshire and Open universities have made available for free online the records of 197,745 trials stretching back to 1674.  As the website notes, the proceedings only provide partial transcripts of what was said in court. To have published complete transcripts would have rendered the proceedings considerably longer and uneconomic to publish. In 1905, it was reported that although full shorthand notes were taken of what was said at trials, the reports in the proceedings were ‘much condensed to save the cost of printing’. One 1787 trial, for example, lasted six hours but was reported in 468 words.

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This week’s Economist also points out that the archive ends in 1913, when the City of London could no longer afford to publish the court’s proceedings. ‘Sadly, little has changed since then’, the article continues. ‘Getting the transcript of a modern Old Bailey trial requires the permission of a senior judge and then payment to the record-keeping company.’. These low-quality secretarial firms still charge by the antiquated metric of 72 words, observes the story, which naturally steers the providers away from the historically concise documents to tortuous transcripts filled with ums and ahs.

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