Marley & Co., Bailiffs

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Civil justice in the Victorian period moves at two speeds. The time it takes for civil cases to come to court and then wend their way through the labyrinthine legal process can be measured in years, if not decades. Great houses can be brought to penury, and their scions find themselves debtors in Newgate gaol long before a Judge even sees their papers.

That said, once a ruling is finally made the bailiffs can be at your door even before you have arrived back from the Courts. The bailiffs of this period are not court-appointed officials bound by law and codes of practice. They are private contractors often employed by the creditors and they have no qualms about using all means necessary. This can include breaking in gates and doors, roughing up servants and carting off everything of value including wallpaper, windows and the doors themselves.

For more see the Bonus Materials page…

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