We are authorised to state that Special Commissions of Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery, will be opened at the Castle of York, on a very early day in January, by Mr. Baron Thompson and Mr. Justice Le Blanc, for the trial of offences, connected with the disturbances lately existing in a part of the West-Riding.—It is not their Lorships' purpose to try any prisoners on private prosecution.
The Judges have fixed the 2d January for opening he Commission at York.
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
19th December 1812: News of the planned York Special Commission becomes public
On Saturday 19th December 1812, the Leeds Mercury informed it's readers that the long-awaited trial of the West Yorkshire Luddites was imminent: