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ABPAmministrazione dei Beni Publici17841976This department maintained public property. Most of the volumes are in the Italian language (mainly until 1830). The property was subdivided into urban property (beni urbani) and rural property (beni rustici), and property related to the Order of St. John, whose property was absorbed by the Government. These volumes deal with rents the Order had to pay.Work carried out on public property was registered in several volumes.The Amministrazione dei Beni Publici was also concerned with the storage of food and gunpowder in Government magazines. Cattle and other animals for public use were listed in volumes dealing with ‘carnaggi’. – Head Office, Rabat
ACASupremæ Appellationis Curiæ et Tribunal Publicae Audentiæ15311777Supreme Magisteral Court of Appeal. The Tribunal Publicæ Audentiæ was composed of the Council of the Order, the Castellano and a Judge, to hear the appeals of cases decided by the Officio delle Case, the Magistrato degli Armamenti, and of the Camera dei Conti – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
ADCADC – Office of the Aide-de-Camp00The Aide-de-Camp was a military officer responsible for the secretarial duties to the Governor during the British Rule in Malta. The office of the Aide-de-Camp managed the day to day preparations for all official and social events of the Governor, and thus the records in this fonds hold important information and commemorative material about the various official events, visits to villages, schools and other institutions. When Malta got its Republican status in 1974 the President became head of state. However, the office of Aide-de-Camp exists to the present day, although the current records are administered as records of the President (OPR in the National Archives fonds) and not under the ADC.
AGNational Archives (Gozo Section)19990This is an in-house compilation related to the National Archives, Gozo section, including correspondence and other miscellaneous documents. – Gozo Section, Gozo
AGRAgriculture19151956The Department of Agriculture was responsible for the maintenance of public gardens and plantations. It worked in close collaboration with the Public Works Department. The fonds contain 26 volumes. Most of them deal with work carried out in public gardens, afforestation, payment of labourers and gardeners, etc. There is also a volume about plants, seeds, and shrubs ordered from abroad and a personal ledger of Gozo farmers. – Head Office, Rabat
APVAppellationem Coram Probo Viro17441797Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
ARPAir Raid Precautions and other Wartime Correspondence19341945‘Air Raid Precautions’ was an important department during pre-wartime and World War II under directives of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. For this reason these files were stored with confidential Lieutenant Governor’s Office files dating from 1935 to 1973.The Air Raid Precautions Department was responsible for the passive defence of Malta by taking precaution measures such as• First aid, decontamination and anti-gas precautions• Providing equipment such as anti-gas respirators, sandbags, helmets• Maintaining decontamination posts and air raid precaution centresIn the case of an air bombardment the department evacuated towns and villages. Reports on air raids, on damages, on missing people, and on food control are included. The Air Raid Precautions Department also held District Committee Files regarding ARP Centres in towns and districts. – Head Office, Rabat
CACivil Abattoir18911986These are the records of the Gozo Abattoir; including lists of slaughtered animals with owners and purchasers, fees for veterinaries, store ledgers, and miscellaneous documents. – Gozo Section, Gozo
CAECamera Computorum Communis Aerarii 15521796The Camera Computorum Communis Aerarii was founded in 1440, with competence and jurisdiction over any matter related to the financial administration. It was composed of a President, two Procurators of the Treasury, a Chief Treasurer, the Procurator of the Grand Master, sixteen Knights, two from each langue, called Uditori dei Conti, and a secretary – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
CANCuriae Episcopalis et Provicarialis Notabilis Civitatis15871824Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
CCCivic Council19591973This is the deposit of documents of the defunct Gozo Civic Council. In 1960, the administration of Gozo was partly taken over by this Council. The Council was founded on 23 November 1958, and since 4 April 1960, it was given a measure of administrative responsibility. Ordinance XI of 14 April 1961 established the Council as a statutory local Government body having distinct legal personality. The deposits consist of minutes, some account books, cashbooks and miscellaneous registers. – Gozo Section, Gozo
CCACuriæ Capitanalis15381814Known also as Corte di Giustizia was presided over by the Capitano delle Verga (Hakem), the Chief Justice, who presided over the Consiglio Popolare assisted by an Assessor (Assessor of the Law) and four Giurati, and who tried all the civil and criminal cases relative to the inhabitans of Mdina and of the surrounding casali. However, the civil cases, with the consent of the parties, could be tried in the Court at Valletta.This Court was sat at Mdina and could not inflict any corporal punishment without the approval of the Grand Master. The President’s and Judges’s income was paid out of fixed fee paid to the Court.During the French period, it was succeed by the Tribunale Provvisorio and Tribunale Civile di Prim’Instanza, and later became recognized as Corte Capitanale and Officio delle Prime Appellazioni till it was suppressed in 1814 – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
CCPCorradino Civil Prisons – List of the documents of the Prison Department18511988The prisons’ documents include various materials such as registers, loose papers, reports, files, dossiers, etc. Among the 170 subfonds are 12 that have already been described:• CCP 01: Registers of Admissions of Male Prisoners (1850 – 1988)• CCP 02: Registers of Admissions of Female Prisoners (1864 – 1958)• CCP 03: Registers of Admissions of Military and Naval Prisoners (1906)• CCP 04: Registers of Admissions of Prisoners Awaiting Trail (1894 – 1946)• CCP 05: Register of Admission of Defaulters (1922 – 1949)• CCP 06: The Letter Book of Outgoing Correspondence (1865 – 1921)• CCP 07: The Letter Book of Incoming Correspondence (1853 – 1885)• CCP 08: Register of Death Records (1876 – 1986)• CCP 09: Registers of the Board of Visitors (1891 – 1974)• CCP 10: Registers of the Superintendent/Director Journal • CCP 11: Registers of Punishments of Male and Female Prisoners (1905)• CCP 12: Inquiry on Allegations of Inhuman Treatment of Prisoners at Corradino Civil Prison (1986/87)Head Office, Rabat
CCRGran Corte Criminale18141899This Court consisted of a President, a Judge, an Advocate Fiscal, a Procurator Fiscal and a General Notary. All cases of a criminal nature came within the jurisdiction of this tribunal. From the sentence of the Grand Criminal Court an appeal lay to the Suprema Corte d’Appello, which exercised the same right of bringing forward or retarding cases at pleasure and possessed the same privileges with regard to the promulgation of the sentence. The members of the Gran Corte Criminale were appointed by Government and were liable to be removed every year at the period of the scrutiny – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
CDACorte d’Appello18141899Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
CDCCorte del Commercio18141899This Commercial Tribunal corresponded roughly to that of the Consolato del Mare, taking cognisance of disputes between merchants. It was consisted of one judge and four consuls and was to try all cases formerly tried by the Consolato del Mare. The judge was to be a lawyer by profession, either British or Maltese. There were to be nominated as consuls, twelve British and twelve Maltese merchants, annually by the general body of merchants to be approved of by the Governor, four of whom were to sit in rotation in the Commercial Court as consuls – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
CDECivil Defence19441972The Civil Defence department was responsible for the mobilization and defence of Malta. Therefore it drew up schemes, and was concerned with recruiting and propaganda.The department maintained shelters, provided and maintained various equipment, and kept records of accidents and incidents. It took care of fire and radioactivity precautions.Some files deal with staff matters, i.e. employment, training programmes for staff officers, rescue courses, and training of the Civil Defence Corps as well as exercises for forces/troops. The Civil Defence department also provided training programmes for other persons (e.g. first aid courses for Government employees, housewives, teachers, air hostesses etc). On the occasion of national holidays and the Queen’s Birthday it participated in the festivities by organizing parades. – Head Office, Rabat
CDMConsolato del Mare16971814It was a mercantile tribunal of the country. It was composed of a judge and two consuls who were supposed to be well versed in mercantile affairs. In the case of appeals the parties could ask that a body of merchants be convened in the manner laid down in the Codice de Rohan – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
CGCuria Gubernatorali (Courts of Law) 16090The most consistent deposit, up to now, is made up of the records of the the Curia Gubernatorali Insulae Gaulos, the Governor’s Court of Gozo, now known as the Courts of Law. A Courts of Law was probably established in Gozo with the Universitas, the administration of justice fell under its competence. There was a civil and a criminal court together with a court of appeal. Its functions were increased in 1803 and in 1840. The records transferred to the archives start from 1609 and include a collection of all sorts of proceedings normally related to the Courts. These include: Registri Atti Civili as well as Registri Sentenze, court decisions with resumè of proceedings; Registri Mandati and Mandati, precautionary acts, including warrant of description, warrant of seizure, garnishee order, warrant of impediment of departure, warrant of prohibitory injunction, and "meditatio fugae" warrant; Citazioni and Citazioni e Depositi, proceedings instituted by libel, petition, writ of summons or applications; Processi, decrees in civil matters of voluntary jurisdiction; Depositi, records of deposits of cash, gold, silver and other objects and related claims; Subaste, demands for sale by auction and related documentation; Registri Bandi e Subaste, misellaneous public notices; Libelli, written pleadings containing the plaintiff’s statement of claim and documents produced in support. – Gozo Section, Gozo
CGUCorte Governatoriale18001814Vide infra Curia GubernatorialisLegal Documentation Section, Mdina
CICharitable Institutions18591947The deposit of charitable institutions consists of letters, accounts of expenditure, and assistance to paupers given by Charitable Institutions in Gozo, between 1859 and 1947. The Gozo prison fell under this office. – Gozo Section, Gozo
CINCharitable Institutions18161956‘Charitable Institutions’ dealt with matters concerning hospitals, asylums for orphans, the aged and the infirmed, and issues of general sanitary conditions (Sanitary Office).In this fonds can be found correspondence between the head of the departments of Charitable Institutions and the Chief Secretary, and Inspectors’ letters to the Chief Secretary. It includes various reports on inspections, on sanitary conditions, and on the state of health in some districts.This office also kept Registers of Deaths as well as Hospital Admission and Discharge Registers. – Head Office, Rabat
CLVTribunale Civile della Gran Corte della Valletta18001814The Grand Court of Judicature consisted of a President and four judges, whose incomes were paid out of fixed fees paid to the court, sat in Valletta Vide supra Magna Curia CastellaniæLegal Documentation Section, Mdina
CPCirculars and Posters18140This consists of a collection of historical manifestos, circulars, and posters; the earliest is one of 1814. – Gozo Section, Gozo
CPACorte Civile: Prima Aula*18141899Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
CSACorte Civile Seconda Aula*18141899Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
CSGChief Secretary to Government18131921The office of the Chief Secretary was the head administrative office of the Civil Government. Through it were channeled all departmental, consular, ecclesiastical, and individual correspondence concerning civil matters. This office was the highest civil authority, second only to the Governor, and worked in close consultation with and under directives of the Governor’s Office.Chief Secretaries supervised the preparation of the Annual Blue Book, censored the Government Press, and controlled the working of all public civil Departments. The Chief Secretary had charge of all Government records including the archives of the Order of St. John. In the Commercial Department of the Chief Secretary’s office all ships were registered under the various Shipping Acts. This branch also issued:• Bills of health, personal passports, and certificates of competency to master mariners, mates and padroni.• Acts of naturalization and letters patent of denization to aliens• Warrants to act as advocate, notary, physician, broker etc.• Licences to deal in marine stores, to act as auctioneer etc.The Chief Secretary’s office also kept records of licences granted by the Governor, for marriages performed in non-Catholic churches.After the 1921 Constitution all work dealing with purely local matters was taken over by the Maltese Government. The Maltese Imperial government dealt only with ‘matter reserved to the Crown’. – Head Office, Rabat
CUSCustoms Department17241956The Customs Department registered all arriving and departing ships in the Maltese Ports. The registration included name of the vessels, names of captains, nationality, cargo tonnage, number of crew, and number of passengers etc. It also kept separate indexes of passengers.The Customs Department registered food (oil, wine, spirits, wheat etc.) that was bonded in Pinto and other Bonded Stores.There are also letters from the Chief Secretary to Government to the Collector of Customs, letters of the superintendent of ports, and letters issued from the Collector of Customs’ Office.In 1946, the Customs Department started to register arrivals and departures by aircraft as well. – Head Office, Rabat
DFDocumentaries and Films19880This entity consists of a collection of documentaries on Gozo produced for local television from 1988 onwards. These were purchased by the Ministry of Gozo and donated to the Archives. – Gozo Section, Gozo
EDUEducation19221981Ministry of Education Records ( 1965 – 1969)The Ministry of Education was the head office in education issues. It fostered international relations by participating in cultural exchanges/co-operations with several countries and by being involved in international conferences on various subjects. A variety of reports and papers issued by the UNESCO and Council of Europe are included in the Ministry of Education Files.The Ministry of Education organized training courses abroad, registered Maltese students abroad, and granted scholarships. Several files deal with staff matters, even with Museum staff.There is also material not necessarily related to education, but to cultural issues: a geographical study on the Maltese Islands, Tourist Hotel Project on Manoel Island, excavation and preservation of archaeological sites, organization of exhibitions, festivals etc.The Education DepartmentThe Education Department dealt with issues regarding primary and secondary education. It provided and maintained equipment of schools, supplied food, and maintained school buildings and accommodations. The department was responsible for the appointment and pay of teachers and other staff required in schools.The Education Department also supervised the opening of new schools, and the holding of evening classes. It was involved in the formulation of Syllabuses for educational institutions, was concerned with medical care in schools, and issued exemptions from payment of certain fees. The Education Department also organized the annual Malta Education Week. There are press extracts and letters to the local press. The papers also include circulars, reports, publications on issues of education, and papers concerning the Malta Union of Teachers. – Head Office, Rabat
EGAEpoca Gallica17981800The Justices of the Peace had a civil and a criminal jurisdiction. They could decide lawsuits on personal rights and on movable property with the right of appeal before the Civil Court where the value of the subject-matter in litigation exceeded 100 francs. The Justices of the Peace could also give judgement, without any right of appeal, on question involving the wages of employees, payyment of work done, professional fees, and the maintenance suits where the ammount did not exceed 100 francs. They were empowered to decree applications regarding appointment of tutors, curators, permission for minors to marry, emancipation of minors, and interdiction of persons. In their criminal jurisdiction they could issue warrants of arrest against anyone suspected of having committed a crime in order to interrogate him before remanding him to the Criminal Court. The judges of the Civil Court exercised jurisdiction in civil matters in first and second instance. Three judges had to preside concurrently in each case – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
GBMalta Government Savings Bank18531978The former registers of the Savings Bank is made up of deposit ledgers, receipts and payments, journals from 1853 to the bank’s winding-up in 1978, and other bank documents. – Gozo Section, Gozo
GLGurdan Lighthouse18771981The registers from Gurdan Lighthouse limits of Ghasri, Gozo, consist of a collection of log-books and miscellaneous weather records from 1877 to 1981. – Gozo Section, Gozo
GMGiuliana Masini15091940This Giuliana consists of 88 volumes in which one can find almost all the family trees of the Gozitan families. An additional value to this collection are the number of references to contracts, donations and issues related to land property in relation to the listed individuals. Lands are referred to in their original topomastic name. The author of this Giuliana was the Architect Pietru Attard (15 May 1836 – 5 July 1916). Attard was a prominent figure in the social life of Gozo.
GMRGeneral and Miscellaneous Reports18001990General and Miscellaneous Reports were issued by various departments and offices. They informed about the working or progress of action of a particular department. General and Miscellaneous Reports cover various subjects, such as Education Statistics, Milk Marketing Undertaking, Malta Review, Trade Unions, Drydocks etc. – Head Office, Rabat
GOVDespatches18001913The correspondence between Governors and Secretaries of State and that of the preceding Civil Commissioners was copied in various series of registers and bundles.The General Letter Book (‘Out’ letters, seven volumes) contains copies of the Civil Commissioners’ letters to Consuls abroad, military and naval personnel, foreign Heads of States, Colonial and War Office etc.Governors were required to send with their original despatches to the Colonial Office duplicates of the correspondence. There are 29 volumes and four boxes of these facsimiles.The subfonds ‘In’ Despatches contains the original numbered despatches and their enclosures. The first volumes also include Colonial Circulars. – Head Office, Rabat
HIHospitals and other Institutions18410This division holds the records of health institutions institutions in Gozo, including the Gozo hospitals and Government clinics in Zebbug, Nadur, Ghajnsielem, and Qala from 1841 onwards. They are basic for a study of the incidence of disease in Gozo. – Gozo Section, Gozo
HOMHead of Ministry19211934The Maltese were given self-government in 1921, but the Constitution was suspended in 1933, and Malta fell back into its former colonial administrative form of rule.All departments of the Maltese public service worked under the direction of the Head of Ministry, who was also concerned with consular correspondence and letters by individuals (Petitions).The departmental section includes the files of these departments such as the treasury, the department of education, public works, fisheries, etc.Consular files deal mainly with people who emigrated or who wanted to emigrate.Petitions were sent by individuals and covered such issues as claims for alimony, firing of fireworks, applications for staying in Malta, etc. These petitions were indexed in registers. In each case the circumstances were checked, before a decision regarding a particular petition was made. – Head Office, Rabat
IRInland Revenue19030The Inland Revenue deposit contains registers related to Death returns and succession dues from 1903 onwards, circulars, entertainment tax, transfer of vehicles and others. – Gozo Section, Gozo
LCLocal Councils19930This is a progressively growing collection of the minutes of the fourteen Local Council of the island of Gozo from their foundation in 1993 to date. – Gozo Section, Gozo
LEMDepartment of Labour and Emigration19481989The Department of Labour and Emigration issued visa to various countries and dealt with all matters concerning employment.The visa applications cover following date spans• Australia 1974 – 1988• Canada: 1978 – 1989• USA: 1978 – 1989• Italy:1981 – 1988 (1 bundle)• UK: 1981 – 1988• Various countries (1 bundle)Several files deal with Umpire – National Insurance/Assistance Act, covering a date span from 1958 – 1977. A large amount of records contain employers’ and employees’ dossiers, application of employers to employ new staff, etc. – Head Office, Rabat
MCCMagna Curia Castellaniæ15431798A Tribunal of first instance which was composed of the Castellano and two Judges, one of whom had the jurisdiction over civil and the other over criminal cases. It was presided over by the Castellano, always a Knight of the Order, a Civil and a Criminal Judge, an Exchequer, a vice-Exchequer, two notaries and several clerks. In the event of an appeal the case was referred to the Appellate Court, which was presided over by one Judge, which Court formed a different tribunal in the same Court or CastellaniaDuring the Gallic invasion, it was succeed by the Tribunale Provvisorio and Tribunale Civile di Prim’Instanza. During the protectorate years (1800-1814), it was known as Gran Corte della Valletta – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
MGMinistry for Gozo19870The Ministry of Gozo began to function on 14 May 1987. The first deposits from the Ministry of Gozo consist of collections of parliamentary questions related to Gozo and press releases. This entity is destined to grow. – Gozo Section, Gozo
MHMedical and Health Department18751970The Medical and Health department deposits include an important collection of building plans and permits issued in Gozo from around 1875 to 1970. It must be noted that the department ceased taking cognition of these affairs after that date, when they become the responsibility of the PAPB, the Planning Area Permits Board up to November 1992, when they became the responsibility of the MEPA, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority. – Gozo Section, Gozo
MILMaltese Personnel in the British Forces18001970Information concerning an individual’s army record can be released by way of confirmation only in response to a written request by the individual, his next-of-kin or a bona fide researcher. In order to trace an individual it is necessary to provide the research officer at least with the army number and name. Information on disciplinary measures and medical examination/treatment will not be released.There are 13 collations containing records about the personnel of the Royal Malta Artillery (RMA), the Royal Engineers (RE), the King’s Own Malta Regiment of Militia, and several other army units such as the Malta Territorial Forces (MTF) and the Royal Signals, etc. – Head Office, Rabat
MPMonte di Pietà18171979The Monte di Pietà was founded in Gozo in 1805. The records, starting in 1817, consist of general accounts, pawns and redeemed pledges, pawn tickets, and letter books. – Gozo Section, Gozo
NDXIndexes of the Above Tribunals00Magna Curiae Castellaniae- A.O. SentenzeLegal Documentation Section, Mdina
OABOfficium Auditorum pro Alienatione Bonorum17831797Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
OBCOfficium Bullæ Sanctissimae Crociatæ17441798Founded by Pope Benedict XIV in 1743 – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
OCDOfficium Causarum Delegatorum15401813Between 1800-1814, the Officium Causarum Delegatorum was known as Officio delle Case e delle Cause Delegate – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
ODDOfficium Causarum Delegatorum et Domorum16721798Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
ODMOfficium Commissariorum Domorum15551798Vide supra Officium Causarum DelegatorumLegal Documentation Section, Mdina
OJNOfficium D.D. Juratorum Notabilis Civitatis15591811Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
OMBOfficium Syndicatus Congregationis Munium et Belli16461798Instituted to raise funds for the defense of the island and for the upkeep of the walls, and to deal with permissions and controversies related to these matters – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
OMSOfficium Magistralis Secretiæ16041798Originally it was erected before the arrival of the Order of St. John. A judge presided over this tribunal which was responsible for the valuation of rents and leases of lands belonging to the reign. The Secreto was the collector of rents. The passive cases and all cases related with scisa were dealt by the Judge of the Secretia. These Secreti used to have their lieutenants, assessors and notaries, and had to refer to the Magna Curia, that is, to the supreme tribunal of finance (Tribunale dei conti). Later on it was substituted by the Officium Magisterialis Secretiæ (1570-1798)During the French period it was succeed by the Tribunale Provvissorio and the Tribunale Civile di Prim’Istanza. Between 1800 and 1814 it was known as Amministrazione dei Beni Pubblici – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
OPMOffice of the Prime Minister Files19471959The Office of the Prime Minister Files contains material on various subjects. Several files deal with the British Consulate Generals in Alexandria and Naples as well as Royal visits and other royal issues such as birthday celebrations, the attendance of the Prime Minister at the funeral of King George IV, etc. The Office was concerned with colonial issues, e.g. arrangements for sending colonial students to UK, account of the colonial week, etc.The Office of the Prime Minister also registered various organisations under the press law.Some records deal with matters regarding repatriation and emigration, especially to Australia.The Office of the Prime Minister issued grants, exemptions, and compensations, and kept records of complaints and protests. There is also an Annual Report for 1955/1956 as well as reports on various subjects. – Head Office, Rabat
OPUOfficial Publications18131999The Maltese Government has issued various publications such as• The Government Gazette (1813 – 2003): the government’s medium to publish notifications about new acts, appointments, statistics etc.• Portafoglio Maltese (1840 – 1849): comparable to the Government Gazette, in Italian language• Electoral Registers (1929 – 1995)• Malta Ordinance (1813 – 1820, 1826 – 1969): information on laws made by the Legislative• Blue Books (1821 – 1983): including information on Government employees, departments, salaries, taxes, duties and fees, grants of land, population etc.• Trade Statistics (1999): detailed statement of imports• Estimates (1991 – 1993)• Draft of Malta Customs Tariff (date unknown, late 1950’s)• Several volumes containing Debates of- The Council of Government of Malta (1876 – 1921, 1939 – 1945, 3rd April – 26th April 1946)- The Legislative Assembly (1921 – 1933, 1948 – 1952, 1957 – 1958, April 1963 – October 1964)- Senate (1921 – 1933)- The House of Representatives (June 1955 – December 1955, November – December 1964, February 1965 – January 1970)• Index of the debates of the Council of Government (1945 – 1947)• Duplicates: General Indexes to the unrevised official report of the debates of the House of Representatives (May – July 1967, November 1967 – February 1968)• Office of Prime Minister (OPM) Press Conferences (June 1950 –February 1959, March 1959 – March 1960), Executive Council Minutes and Agenda (1959 – 1962), and Proceedings of the Council of Government (1904 – 1911) can only be accessed by permission.Head Office, Rabat
OSIOfficium Civile Sacræ Inquisitionis16051798Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
OSOOfficium Syndicatus Officialium15971715Instituted by Grand Master Claude de La Sengle in 1554 to deal with cases of challenges to presiding Judical Officers and other related matters – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
OVSOfficium Venerandæ Seniscalliæ16041798Composed of the Venerable Siniscalco and a councilor, with the competence to deal with all cases related to the land forces, the servants of the Palace, of the Customs, of the Università, the Judges, the solicitors, the financial procurators and the notaries. In case of appeal redress could be sought at the Supremo Magistrato di Giustizia, an Appellate Court – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
PAPhotographs. Albums19450This is a valuable collection of old and recent photos of Gozo, including official and special occasions. There are also a number of miscellaneous albums. – Gozo Section, Gozo
PDPolice Departments18890This is a very important collection of records originating from the police department in Gozo. There is almost a complete collection of daily occurrences on the island from 1889 to 1960, acts of births and deaths, detail of duties books, detail of duties books of the coastal police. – Gozo Section, Gozo
PDEPrivate Deposit No. 1-Maritime Insurance of Biagio Tagliaferro18531868This collection was donated to the National Archives by Mr. Paul Azzorpardi of Sliema, in January 1992. – Head Office, Ra
PMPlans and maps18600This is a collection of maps and large plans of official buildings in Gozo from 1860 onwards. It is a very small collection as the majority was not traceable. – Gozo Section, Gozo
POLPolice Records19001972The Police Records include mainly documents of B’Kara police district, although 486 volumes of the Commissioner’s Occurrence Book originated from Hamrun police district.116 volumes of the Magistrate’s Book list prosecutions by the executive police and include the details of the accused, the charge, magistrate, prosecuting officer and reference to the decision reached. The Application Book of B’Kara contains applications for all sorts of activities, e.g. band marches, structural alterations, embellishments, driving, lotteries, etc.The Police registered marriages, births, deaths, and illegitimate children as well as clubs functioning at B’Kara. It issued respite warrants and permits (can include other districts) regarding wine and spirits, wireless telegraphy, and retailers.The fonds also includes correspondence, log books, requests to cancel licenses, affidavits, and permissions to hold events etc. – Head Office, Rabat
PSTPublic Secretary and Treasurer18001813Through the Office of the Public Secretary was channeled all civil administration of Malta. All policies of the British Civil Commissioners were carried out into effect. It operated between 1800 – 1813, at which time the Office was re-structured and the last Public Secretary designated to become Chief Secretary to Government. Between 1804 and June 1811, Public Secretaries were also Treasurers to Government. Up to late 1813, all letters are in the Italian language, which was the official medium of correspondence of the local Government.The fonds contains correspondence in Italian, orders, copies of appointments, promotions etc, salaries for Government employees etc. The material in English includes, e.g. ‘Out’ letters of the Treasury, a Register of the Mediterranean Passes, an Index on Ships and Masters, and Account Registers of the Treasury. – Head Office, Rabat
PWPublic Works18400This is a very incomplete collection of records from the department. It consists of the expense ledgers, correspondence, and record books of the Public Works Department in Gozo. The earliest record date to 1840, but the majority was lost due to inadequate storage. – Gozo Section, Gozo
PWDLand Revenue and Public Works Department18141921These papers contain: . – Head Office, Rabat
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SAUSacra Audentia15381788Supreme Tribunal of Appeal. It was presided over by the Grand Master, the Council, the Giudice Capitanale, the Castellano, the Judges of Appeal, and others according to the case treated – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
SCASuprema Corte D’Appello18031814Or Supremo Tribunale d’Appello set up by Sir Alexander Ball in 1803 which was to consist of three judges and which was to take cognisance of:a. all those criminal cases which, owing to their gravity, would have been taken cognisance of by the Supremo Magistrato di Giustizia;b. as a Court of second instance all cases decided by the Criminal Hall of the Gran Corte della Valletta and of the Corte Capitanale, by the Consolato del Mare and the Tribunale per l’Amministrazione dei Beni Pubblici;c. as a Court of third instance, all civil cases decided by the Gran Corte della Valletta, by the Corte Capitanale and the Corte Governatoriale.It was to consist of a President (to be appointed by the Secretary of State), of one of the Civil judges who had not tried the case, and of one of the judges of the Criminal Court. These judges were to sit by rotation in the Suprema Corte d’Appello, except upon occasions when one of them might appear to be interested in the case, in which case the Governor had to, upon a due representation, direct another of the judges to sit in his steadVide supra Supremæ Appellationis Curiæ et Tribunal Publicae AudentiæLegal Documentation Section, Mdina
SGSecretariat to the Government18030The Secretariat to the Government for Gozo, known by various names, is the continuation of the old Universitas. With the British reforms in administration introduced in 1819, the management of Gozo public affairs passed from the Universitas into the hands of a civil official known since then by a variety of names: Chief Civil Officer, Lieutenant Governor, Commissioner, and Secretary for Gozo. The records from this office include: letters, both in-letters and copies of out-letters, official circulars of a varied nature from the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor and the Chief Secretary; reference books which like the former Bastardelle contain notes and minutes of day to day affairs; cashbooks, partly, a continuation of the former Conti Originali; payment schedules of Gozitan Government employees; and accounts of expenditure and correspondence of various Government entities. – Gozo Section, Gozo
SJMSupremum Justitiæ Magistratum17771798Founded by Grand Master De Rohan in 1777, it was composed of a President, six Councilors, a Secretary, two Maestri d’Atti, four ordinary clerks and five portiere, so divided in two role to accelerate court business. It was empowered to adjudicate: a) all crimes punishable by death penalty or life imprisonment; b) in an appellate jurisdiction all judgments delivered by the Corte Capitanale and Gubenatoriale; c) those cases related to the liberty and ransom of slaves; d) feudal and fidecommissarie cases; e) controversies related to the jurisdiction of the inferior courts; f) appeals of civil cases decided by the tribunals of the island; g) appeals in cases decided by the Università, with the consent of the Giurati, and in the case of the Università of Valletta, with the approval of the siniscalco; h) other various controversiesLegal Documentation Section, Mdina
SNStreet naming19870This is a collection of records of the Gozo Street Naming Committee from the 1970s onwards; including minutes and correspondence. – Gozo Section, Gozo
SSState Schools18450This is another important section with records beginning in 1845 retrieved from state schools of Gozo, both primary and secondary. The records include log-books and admission and attendance registers. – Gozo Section, Gozo
STStatistics16670This is made up of an incomplete collection of censuses (including copies) and blue books from 1667 onwards. – Gozo Section, Gozo
TARTribunal Armamentorum16021798The Magistrato degli Armamenti was founded by Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt on 17 June 1605. It was constituted by four knights of different langues and a secular Judge nominated by the Grand Master, to hear and judge all the controversies between privateers and corsairs, with a second and last appeal to Rome – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
TBPTribunale per l’Amministrazione dei Beni Pubblici18001814Originated as Officium Magistralis Secretiæ – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
TDRTribunal Debitorum Religiosorum17761798Instituted specifically to deal with cases related to debts with or against the Knights – Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
TSJTribunal Segnaturæ Justitiæ17991800Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
TSPTribunal Fabricæ Sancti Petri de Urbe16251716Legal Documentation Section, Mdina
UGUniversitas Gaudisii15601819The earliest extant record in Gozo dates from 1560 and is preserved in the most important section of the Universitas: the registers Actorum et Negotiorum, acts and transactions of every sort and type. Other sections are the Bastardelle, notes and minutes of officials eventually worked out in full documents; Lettere, official correspondence; Bandi, public legal notices; Mandati, other notices and decrees; Suppliche, petitions presented to the Governor; Conti Originali, accounts of the administration of various offices; Contratti, official contracts; Debitori, money transactions; Mete, sales of a varied nature; Secretie, tax and land-rents accounts; Scisa, excise-duty assessments; and other miscellaneous documentation. – Gozo Section, Gozo
ZMMiscellanea15750This section is made up of miscellaneous registers and miscellaneous collections. Its second section is an important collection of original documents and copies of documents related to the French occupation of Gozo in 1798. The third section is a collection of documents known as the Grima Papers – after their owner the lawyers Giuseppe Grima – retrieved from the Courts of Law, Gozo. – Gozo Section, Gozo
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