Court of Requests


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Related to Court of Requests: Court of Conscience, Court of Star Chamber
A local tribunal, sometimes called Court of Consience, founded by act of Parliament to facilitate the recovery of small debts from any inhabitant or trader in the district defined by the act; - now mostly abolished
A court of equity for the relief of such persons as addressed the sovereign by supplication; - now abolished. It was inferior to the Court of Chancery.
- Brande & C.

See also: Request, Request

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Routes around the newly-renovated Court of Requests, a historic former magistrates' court and library, will be shut to traffic on Saturday and Sunday to allow a large crane to be brought in for the work.
Today we would call it the small claims court; in the 18th Century it was known as the Court of Requests.
The Court of Requests did not require the full (and costly) weight of county justice.
In Hutton's day the Court of Requests occupied a house in a little courtyard behind High Street, where the Pavilions shopping centre stands today.
Although the Court of Requests was authorised to act in the case of relatively small claims - initially a maximum of pounds 2, later increased to pounds 5 - it still had the power to incarcerate debtors who were unable or unwilling to pay.
After a brief but useful historical survey there is an examination of surviving sources: manorial records, property and tax records, surveys, Chancery and Exchequer records, other state records, military and common law records, surviving papers from civil litigation (Chancery, Star Chamber, Court of Requests et al.
Of course there were litigants and there were litigants: Stretton devotes a chapter to unmarried women and widows and another to married women in the Court of Requests.
Despite his rather expansive title, Tim Stretton's book focuses on the minor Court of Requests, whose primary purpose was to provide inexpensive equitable relief to the poor; however, for Stretron's purposes, one third of the cases he surveys involved a female plaintiff or defendant.