Relationships between levels of civil administration, such as township, parish and hundred. For relationships involving parliamentary constituencies, use parliamentary. For church hierarchies, use ecclesiastical.
Used for relationships such as:
- the parish (or sub-unit, such as township) that a settlement was in for civil purposes
- the hundred that a parish was in for civil purposes
- the county or division that a hundred was in
It covers any of the following administrative systems:
- most courts other than church courts. This usually includes assizes, quarter sessions, and petty sessions. It can also include forest courts. It is not yet decided whether it includes admiralty courts.
- peacetime taxation.
- poor relief.
- sheriffs in connection with law enforcement and taxation, but use parliamentary for sheriffs as returning officers for constituencies.
It is not yet decided whether peacetime militia counts as civil or military.