Chancery order and plea books, 1831-1908

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Richmond, Virginia : Filmed by the Virginia State Library, 1984
7 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.


Microfilm of original records at Nelson County Courthouse in Lovingston, Virginia.

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The Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery was established in 1831 and replaced in 1850 by the Circuit Court.

For these cases the court sat in chancery which meant it acted as a court of equity. Equity law is a body of legal and procedural rules and doctrines which supplement or override common and statute law to protect rights and enforce duties defined or fixed by substantive law. The court usually dealt with cases which did not need a jury, such as divorces or foreclosures. Orders are judgments based on those laws.

Plea books contains pleas brought before the court. Each plea might contain exhibits of documents, such as court orders for administration and inventory of estates, deed and dower acknowledgements, bills of sale, deeds, powers of attorney, appointments of militia officers, etc.

Volumes are individually indexed, except for the v. A, A-1 and A-2.

Virginia State Library and Archives: Nelson County reels #20-26.



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