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Grand Jury 

Grand Juries were in existence since Norman times. Landowners made up the Grand Jury itself, selected by the Sheriff of the County. Grand Juries had no corporate existence. They were discharged by the Judge of Assize. Before the assizes, presentment sessions were called in each of the six baronies of Donegal, where proposals for work to be done were considered and submitted to the Grand Jury for ratification. Services provided and paid for by Grand Jury Cess, a rate payable by occupiers, included making and repair of roads and bridges, construction of courthouses and levying for support of district hospitals, schools and prisons. Donegal Grand Jury, as an administrative body, was replaced by Donegal County Council under the 1898 Local Government (Ireland) Act.

 

 Donegal Grand Jury Members 1899

Members of the last Donegal Grand Jury, 1889

 

Grand Jury: Records

  • Spring and Summer and Lent Assizes for following years: 1753 – 1769; 1768 – 1783; 1769 – 1778; 1793 – 1798; 1807 – 1808; 1809 – 1810; 1815 – 1857; 1831; 1840; 1841; 1844; 1845 (spring and Summer), 1847; 1848 (Spring and Summer); 1849; 1856; 1857; 1867 (spring and Summer); 1868; 1870 (Spring and Summer); 1873; 1874 (Spring and Summer), 1876 (Spring and Summer), 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1886, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1894, 1898 (Spring), 1898- 1900 (Assizes, 1898 and First County Council Minutes, 1899 – 1900);

 

 

Grand Jury Assizes

Grand Jury Summer Assizes, 1793

  • Accounts and correspondence, including correspondence with County Council, 1816 – 1901;
  • Grand Jury Map, 1801;
  • Book containing the Grand Jury Laws of Ireland by C.H. Foot;
  • Photographs of the last Grand Jury, 1899;
  • List of Grand Jury Collectors, 1816 – 1892;
  • List of Grand Jury members, 1835 – 1892.

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