RECORD GROUP: Clerk of the Court
RECORD SERIES #: 4200.4
SERIES: County Court: Civil, Sample Case Files, including Name Changes
VOLUME: 45 cubic feet
County Court Civil Cases, sample cases & name changes, 1948-1983
In 1995, appraisal and selection was performed for 189 record cartons of County Court Civil jackets (loose papers for cases) from the period 1948-1977. These records were authorized for destruction by the New Jersey State Archivist on June 21, 1995. Archives retained about 10% of the 20,198 cases, consisting of both a selected and a random sample.
The selected sample of 35 record cartons was based on the following criteria: name changes, lien claims, and contested elections. These criteria were applied by reading the information on the outside of the case jacket, which usually provided information regarding the type of case. In addition, staff opened and evaluated other jackets based on the following criteria: unusually large files; cases involving a deceased party, some of which related to auto accidents; cases where one or more parties was a town or government agency; and cases where one of the parties represented an industry important in Monmouth County, such as a shore business or a railroad. About 25% of these additional cases (those that were opened and appraised individually) were retained.
To preserve typical cases, a random sample of twenty manuscript boxes was taken. The random sample was taken by taking the first twenty cases of each year after the selected sampling was performed. Reading some of the cases in the random sample confirmed the validity of the appraisal criteria in identifying cases of potential interest.
County Court Civil Judgment Books, 1949-1961
These judgment books have front indexes, and are arranged chronologically.
County Court Civil Law Division Civil Minute Books, 1948-1954
These books show plaintiff, defendant, motion, action, order, trial, action.
County Court Civil Trial Verdicts, 1932-1968
These are results of the trial verdicts, loose pages of a book, contained in two carton boxes.
County Court Civil Docket Minute Books, 1948-1993
Books indexed by case numbers, shows the names of the plaintiff, defendant, attorney for plaintiff, and judge, and any motions, actions, orders, trials, and other.
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