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Supreme Court Case Files, 1704-1844

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This database indexes details of the 54,871 Supreme Court case files held at the New Jersey State Archives.

Search by any combination of Last Name, First Name, Role in Case, County, Case Type, and/or Year.

You may further limit your name search by Gender (Male or Female), to a particular Ethnicity (White, African American, Indian, etc.), or to Corporate Entities (State of New Jersey, King or Queen, or to Corporate, for cases involving Railroads, Banks, Churches, etc.)

To truncate a search term, do a keyword search, remove the ending of the word, and add an asterisk (*) to the end of the word.

Generally, African Americans were referred to as "Negro" + additional names.  Native American names may be searched using "Indian" + additional names.   Additional cross-references for these types of individuals have been added as necessary.

Result sets are limited to 500 records so multiple searches may be required to return all possible combinations. Records may be sorted by clicking on the title of each column.

All cases are indexed by plaintiff and defendant, with some cases recording additional names of witnesses, officials, jurors, victims and so on. The database currently records over 175,000 name entries, and new entries are continually being added.

Data entry for case types, counties and dates is ongoing. The year is currently recorded for about 97% of cases, while county and case type is recorded in approximately 50%.

To order copies from this database click "Select" next to each record. 
A list of selected records appears at the bottom of the page.  Click "Print Order Form".
A maximum of 10 Records may be selected per request Please read the instructions on the order form carefully.

Last Name:
First Name:
Role in Case:
Case Type:
Corporate Entities:
Year Span:
Case No.

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