How to look for records of... Crime and punishment
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
The National Archives holds many records relating to criminal courts and trials, but finding specific documents can be difficult as these are seldom searchable in Discovery, our catalogue. This guide is for people interested in the history of crime and punishment as opposed to those looking for an individual.
Only the records of the Metropolitan Police and the Royal Irish Constabulary, and a few from the Transport Police, are held by The National Archives. Other police records are held by local archives or the relevant police force.