South Carolina Archives
Petitions and Decrees in Summary Process,
CREATOR: Court of Common Pleas (Charleston
TITLE: Petitions and decrees in summary process
VOLUME: 22.80 cubic ft. and 4.00 volumes
ARRANGEMENT: 1791-1841 arranged by year and thereunder by arbitrary
number assigned by the repository. The remainder of the series arranged by
original roll number.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE: The South Carolina Circuit Court Act of
1769 authorized judges of circuit courts to rule on petitions in minor disputes
through summary process (without a jury). In 1870 jurisdiction over trials of
small and mean cases was transferred from the court of common pleas to the
magistrates court. Information about these cases was then reported to the court
of common pleas and recorded as the series Transcripts of Judgments.
SUMMARY SCOPE NOTE: This series consists of the original papers of record
in minor civil cases tried in summary jurisdiction (without a jury). Information
includes roll number; names of parties and attorneys; cause of action; amount
and kind of judgment; costs assessed; kind of execution; amount decreed;
interest; date the sheriff's service was proved before the court; and sheriff's
INDEX/FINDING AID: Plaintiff and defendant index entries for this series
through the year 1823 are included in the repository's On-line Combined Index to
Multiple Record Series, 1675-1929, and in the Combined Alphabetical Index
produced by the repository on computer output microfilm (COM) in 1991. The
alphanumeric code B1AE 019 was used to designate this series in the computer
output microfilm index. Manuscript defendant indexes, 1784-1838, 1846-1858, and
1858-1869, and plaintiff index, 1842-1861, available in the repository.
HIERARCHICAL NOTE: Forms part of the records of the Court of Common Pleas
for Charleston County.