Example of an ordinary case

OC-2, #59, 1 July 1803

William Ryan complains James Duncan assaulted him with force and arms, to wit, with staves, feet, fists, clubs & knives & other deadly weapons.

This attack much injured his health and life and was against the peace & dignity of the Commonwealth.

He asks for one thousand pounds for the assault.  Jury found Duncan not guilty on 13 July 1803.  Case was signed by Francis Pennington as chairman of the jury.  Eleven other jury members are listed.

This case would later fall in the criminal division of circuit court but in early days, it was settled by local jury.