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The Irish Petty Sessions Court records from 1828-1912 are now on Findmypast. The Petty sessions covered lesser legal cases, both civil and criminal. There are very few registers which pre-date 1851. According to findmypast "Cases ranged from merchants who had not paid duty on their goods, to workers suing for unpaid wages. Farmers were fined for letting their cattle wander or for allowing their cart to be driven without their name painted on the side. Debts were collected and disputes settled. Public drunkenness was a common offence, as was assault and general rowdiness. Political feelings were often volatile and there are frequent cases all over the country of people charged with putting up seditious posters or leaflets.“
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