The medieval Irish plea rolls – an introduction

The medieval Irish plea rolls – an introduction

By Philomena Connolly

Journal of the Irish Society for Archives, Vol.2:1 (1995)

Introduction: The administration of justice in the area under the control of the Dublin government in the Middle Ages was carried out in a network of courts, each with its own distinct jurisdiction. On a local level, there were county courts, manorial courts, liberty courts, and courts in the various towns and boroughs. Central justice was administered in the king’s name by the justiciar’s court (which later became the King’s Bench), the Common Bench and by justices itinerant sent out from time to time to different areas of the country, and it is with the records produced by these central courts that this article is concerned.

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