A Guide to the Scott County (Va.) Commonwealth Causes, 1815-1921 Scott County (Va.) Commonwealth Causes, 1815-1921 1161961-1161972, 1161987

A Guide to the Scott County (Va.) Commonwealth Causes, 1815-1921

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Barcode numbers
1161961-1161972, 1161987
Scott County (Va.) Commonwealth Causes, 1815-1921
Physical Characteristics
12.75 cu. ft. (13 boxes)
Scott County (Va.) Circuit Court
Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Scott County (Va.) Commonwealth Causes, 1815-1921. Local government records collection, Scott County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 23219.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from Scott County.

Historical Information

Scott County was named for Winfield Scott, a native of Virginia, in recognition of his victories during the War of 1812. It was formed from Lee, Russell, and Washington counties in 1814.

Scope and Content

Scott County (Va.) Commonwealth Causes, 1815-1921 are criminal court cases and consist primarily of warrants, summons, indictments, and verdicts handed down by grand juries and other legal authorities in order to prosecute individuals who violated the penal code. These offenses ranged in severity from murder, rape, assault and battery, and larceny to tax evasion and slander. Criminal offenders and victims who appear in cases prior to the abolition of slavery in Virginia in 1865 included both free and enslaved persons.

Warrants were issued by grand juries, judges, and justices of the peace directing law enforcement officials to either arrest and imprison a person suspected of having committed a crime or to cause an individual to appear in court to answer accusations made against them. Peace warrants directing an offender to "keep the peace of the Commonwealth" or to restrain from any violent acts are commonly found in assault and battery cases.

Summonses were used to call a suspected person to appear in court. A summons could also be issued to direct witnesses or victims to come before the court in order to provide evidence or information deemed pertinent to a case.

An indictment is the official, written description of the crime that an accused individual is suspected of committing, which is approved by a grand jury and presented to a court in order to begin legal proceedings. Due to this process, indictments are often referred to as "presentments."

Verdicts are the formal pronouncements made by juries on issues submitted to them by a judge or other law enforcement official. In the case of a guilty verdict, a judge will sentence the offender. Sentences may include a fine, corporal punishment, and/or imprisonment. Coroners also submitted verdicts such as "death by suicide," "death by natural causes," etc. when determining the cause of a suspicious or sudden death.



Related Material

Additional Court Records for Scott County can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm.

Additional Scott County criminal records may be found at the Scott County Courthouse and the Library of Virginia.

Separated Material

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • Scott County (Va.) Circuit Court
  • Subjects:

  • African Americans -- History
  • Assault and battery -- Virginia -- Scott County
  • Crime -- Virginia -- Scott County
  • Criminals -- Virginia -- Scott County
  • Larceny -- Virginia -- Scott County
  • Libel and slander -- Virginia -- Scott County
  • Murder -- Virginia -- Scott County
  • Rape -- Virginia -- Scott County
  • Slaveholders -- Virginia -- Scott County
  • Slavery -- Virginia -- Scott County
  • Slaves -- Virginia -- Scott County
  • Tax evasion -- Virginia -- Scott County
  • Geographical Names:

  • Scott County (Va.) -- History
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Indictments -- Virginia -- Scott County
  • Summons -- Virginia -- Scott County
  • Verdicts -- Virginia -- Scott County
  • Warrants (Law) -- Virginia -- Scott County