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Thursday 23 March 2017

Guidance for depositors

The National Archives of Scotland (NAS) gives advice to depositors on the care of their records. This section contains information and forms required by those involved in depositing records in the NAS from government departments, non-departmental public bodies, courts, legal bodies and the Church of Scotland.

Government records
The NAS accepts records of the Scottish Government and its agencies, its predecessor the Scottish Office and non-departmental public bodies. In general, records which relate to devolved matters are held by the NAS while the records of reserved matters are deposited with The National Archives (London) although there are a number of exceptions such as Scottish customs and excise records, which the NAS keeps.

Courts and legal bodies
The Court and Legal Records Branch (CLRB) of the NAS is responsible for taking in Court and legal records including the Scottish courts; supreme courts: the High Court of Justiciary and the Court of Session; the sheriff courts and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. CLRB also take in records from the Accountant in Bankruptcy and Registers of Scotland.

Church records
The church collections form a significant proportion of the holdings of the NAS, which is the recognised national repository for records of the Church of Scotland, and its constituent predecessor churches. The NAS has an agreement with the Church of Scotland for the deposit of church records that are more than 50 years old and not still in use. It also holds agreements with a number of local authority archives, who look after the church records for their area on behalf of the NAS. Records of other churches such as the Methodist and Scottish Episcopal churches are also held by the NAS.

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