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St. Tr. - State Trials (England)


Coverage from 1163-1858 but published from 1809 to 1858.

Essentially cases dealing with high treason or other crimes alleged against, or high profile civil cases involving the English Crown since the 9th year of Henry II (1163) to George VI (1820).  The State Trial law reports were researched and put together by William Cobbett and Thomas Howell (and later Howell's son, Thomas Jr.).

The proceedings of many famous trials in the history of England are included in the St. Tr. law reports including those of Thomas More, Ann Boleyn, Mary Queen of Scots, Thomas Cranmer and Thomas Wolsey.

The law report ran in two sets. The first volumes were titled Cobbett's Complete Collection of State Trials and, later, A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Earliest Period to the Present Time.

State Trials is sometimes referred to as Cobbett & Howell, some 34 volumes covering cases from 1163 to 1820. In some law books, the legal citation may appear as:

  • Cobb. St. Tr.
  • How. St. Tr.
  • State Tr.

Under the auspices of the British State Trials Committee, a New Series (N.S.) continued the law report and issued in only 8 volumes, with coverage from 1820 to 1858. In some law books, the St. Tr. N.S. is abbreviated as:

  • St. Tr. (N.S.); or
  • State Tr. N. S.

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