Appeals to the Privy Council Before American Independence: An Annotated Digital Catalogue

Law Library Journal, Vol. 104, No. 1, 2012

Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 255

16 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2012 Last revised: 18 Feb 2012

Sharon Hamby O'Connor

Boston College - Law School

Mary Sarah Bilder

Boston College - Law School

Date Written: February 13, 2012

Abstract

Between the later seventeenth century and American independence, appeals from colonial high courts were taken to the Privy Council in England. These appeals are the precursors of today’s appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. Their legal and policy issues can be reconstructed from the outcome of the appeals, the briefs of crown law officers, related Privy Council documents, and handwritten notations on these materials. This article describes Appeals to the Privy Council Before American Independence, an annotated digital catalogue of appeals from the thirteen colonies with links and digital images providing access to this material, now compiled from a variety of repositories.

Keywords: appeals, Privy Council, colonial high courts, annotated digital catalogue, colonial legislation, Anglo-American legal history, history of the Supreme Court, judicial review

Suggested Citation

Hamby O'Connor, Sharon and Bilder, Mary Sarah, Appeals to the Privy Council Before American Independence: An Annotated Digital Catalogue (February 13, 2012). Law Library Journal, Vol. 104, No. 1, 2012; Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 255. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2004553

Sharon Hamby O'Connor

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Mary Sarah Bilder (Contact Author)

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