Circuit Court legal documents

Circuit Court legal documents

Dates: 1838-1846

Photocopies of handwritten legal documents. The collection includes petitions, contracts, appeals, court orders, and summonses involving members of the Mormon Church.

  • Extent: 4 folders (23 items)
  • Creator: Illinois. Circuit Court (Hancock Co.)
  • Call Number: MSS 1247
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Circuit Court legal documents must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1247; Circuit Court legal documents; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1247, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Civil Procedure and Courts; Hancock County (Ill.)--History--Sources; Mormons--Illinois--Hancock County--History--Sources; Mormons--Illinois--Nauvoo--History--Sources; Nauvoo (Ill.)--History--Sources; Politics, Government, and Law
Genre / Form
Affidavits; Contracts; Summonses
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS1247
Finding Aid Title
Circuit Court legal documents
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Rose Frank
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-03-29T16:42-0600
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Administrative History

The Circuit Court was the highest judicial authority in Hancock County.

The circuit court system was established in 1814 in Illinois Territory. The courts were given civil and criminal jurisdiction, and were originally presided over by a member of the Supreme Court assigned to the circuit. With the admission of Illinois to the Union in 1824, five circuits were established with separate judges appointed to the circuit courts. Hancock County was formed in 1825, with the original courthouse in Montebello. In 1827 the circuit judges were removed and replaced by the Supreme Court justices. In 1833 the Hancock County courthouse was moved to Carthage. In 1835, separate circuit judges were again appointed and a sixth circuit created. This continued until 1841, when the circuit courts were again dissolved and the Supreme Court judges returned to the circuit courts. Then, with the Constitution of 1848, the courts again were placed under the direction of circuit judges.



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