How to find criminal trial briefs depends on the time period you're looking for, so look below for the various search guides. These records are the set of documents that make up the Crown Prosecutor’s case against an individual committed for trial in either the County or Supreme Court. The inquest deposition file forms part of this documentation, in most instances, where the charges relate to murder or manslaughter.
What do I need to know before I start?
In most cases you will need to know the name of the prisoner or accused, the case file number and the year they were tried. How to find the case number is explained within the topic pages below separated by date as it changes depending on the year of the trial.
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Look for the icons below to identify records that are viewable online or to be ordered online and viewed in a reading room (book):
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