Ref NoQ/SB
TitleQuarter Sessions (sessional records): Court bundles (indexes available to download)
Date1558-1971
DescriptionComprising:
Q/SB/1/1-21 "Liber Pacis" or book of the peace, 1558-1870
Q/SB/2/1-1403 Session papers, 1561-1841
An index to Derbyshire "papists", drawn from this series, is available to download from the link on this page. Derbyshire Record Office is grateful to Dr Joan D Measham for supplying this resource.

Q/SB/3/1-25 Precepts (sheriff's writs), 1559-19th cent
Q/SB/4/1-27 Jury panels, 16th cent-1882
Q/SB/5-6 Numbers not used - reserved for Indictments and Recognisances (unlisted)
Q/SB/7 Removal orders (indexed, but not listed) 1710-1857
An index to removal orders, drawn from this series, is available to download from the link on this page.

Q/SB/8 Number not used - reserved for Bankruptcy papers (unlisted)
Q/SB/9/1-606 Highway and footpath closures and diversions, 1773-1971

Q/SB/UL
Unlisted court records, relating to the various responsibilities of the court.
Approximate extent: One rolled item and one box of unlisted records. Includes:
County of Derby, list of officers and deputies 1832-1903
Register of places of detention provided by police authority for County of Derby, undated
House of detention visitors' book 1914-1935 (not ordinarily available for public consultation)
House of detention corporal punishment register 1917-1935 (not ordinarily available for public consultation)
Farm accounts 1849-1850 inc County Rate Committee bills 1877-1896
Volume re: Place of Detention under children Act 1908, 1911-1936
Clerk of the Peace fees analysis, 1939-1946
Meetings of subscribers to Derby Association for Prosecution of Felons 1830-1849
ArrangementThe order of series Q/SB/7-9 was to reflect the chronological order of the dates at which the series began, usually because of legislation.

There are however (it is believed) various bits and bobs which may have been part of the sessions bundles, e.g. traverses (lists of pleas of not guilty). Examination of the remaining unlisted records is required before a final arrangement can be made.

The session bundles (ref: Q/SB) were taken apart in the late 19th century and we cannot be certain which of the surviving records of the Quarter Sessions were in them. Those which it is believed were constituents of the session bundles include:
- writs addressed to the sheriff to call the courts and to produce witnesses, etc. at the sessions
- jury panels and lists of prisoners
- presentments (accusations), informations and indictments
- recognisances (bonds to keep the peace, appear at the next sessions, etc.)
- examinations and petitions.

It is probable that from the late 17th century, the bundles were wrapped in the Liber Pacis (book of peace) listing the County’s officers (see ref Q/SB/1).
DocumentQ SB Derbyshire Papists 1693-1767.pdf
Q SB 7 Removal Orders 1707-1865.pdf
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