It will be held at the Wetherspoons Court of Requests pub, Church Street in Oldbury.
Nobby Clarke and Tony Cockerill with the Mayor of Sandwell Dr Ann Jaron at The Court of Requests
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.
Because much of the litigation undertaken by women occurred in the Court of Requests
, Stretton has recounted the history of that court, its volume of litigation, jurisdiction, procedures, costs, and much else.
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.