Welcome to the Petty Sessions Project webpage.
Enniskerry Courthouse Petty Sessions are available from May 1859 on microfilm in the National Archives, and this project involves the transcribing of these and placing them online. The archives are a very rich source of both the social history of the area and of information for genealogists looking for references to their family names.
About Petty Sessions
You can read about the role of Petty Sessions in the justice system and their use to historians and genealogists, illustrated with local examples, in Úna Wogan’s article: Petty Sessions at Enniskerry Courthouse.
Petty Session Records
The information as it is collected will be added by year to the links below. The records have the following information included:
- The Complainant and Defendant, usually with the defendant’s address (townland).
- The Names of Witnesses, if any.
- The Cause of Complaint (these are abbreviated for common complaints).
- The Particulars of Order or Dismissal.
Records (Check back for updates):
- 1859 – Petty Sessions Enniskerry, 1859
- 1860 – Petty Sessions Enniskerry, 1860
- 1866 – Petty Sessions Enniskerry 1866 (Jan to June)
[Updated July 19th 2011]
If you would like to donate some time to transcribing the records, please contact me!