Inventory of the Archives of the Department of the
Attorney - General of the Cape Colony, 1661 - 1923
B. The archives of the Attorney - General
The few archives of the Attorney - General during the Batavian
administration which have remained preserved have been placed with the archives
of the Fiscal. The archives described as thise of the permanent establishment
of the office.
The archives are almost complete, exept for a few volumes,
especially pertaining to the early period, which have not remained preserved.
Those that have remained preserved give an almost complete picture of the
activities of the office.
Prior to 1878 the activities of the Attorney - General were limited
and there are therefore fewer archives. After obtaining its independence the
office sharply increased its volume of archives annuallly, especially during
the period 1899 - 1905 as a result of the Anglo - Boer War. This archives is a
valuable source of information concerning this war.
As the Attorney - General's duties comprised noet only judicial but
also administrative functions, his office consisted of a judicial and an
The administrative section comprises all documents relating to the
administration of the office, i.e. all correspondence, received and
The judicial section comprises the court records, i.e. preliminary
examinations, cases, inquests, prison reports, crown prosecutors' reports,