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CONTENTS OF VOLUME VII.
CHANGES IN THE LAW :
PARLIAMENTARY RETURNS :
Writs of Error and Appeals, 460.
Law of Libel, 434.
SITTINGS IN THE SUPERIOR COURTS.
CIRCUITS OF THE JUDGES, 319.
New BILLS IN PARLIAMENT :
West's Solicitors' Book-Keeping, 217.
Stewart's Appendix to Conveyancing Prac-
English and Irish Judgments, 408.
Quin on Ecclesiastical Local Courts, 377.
Inns of Court, 500.
tions' Act, 325, 356.
Uniformity of Process, 81.
cieties, see Law Lectures.
New Orders in Chancery, 97, 99, 180, LEGAL BIOGRAPHY, 36, 58, 101, 116.
Law LECTURES, 41, 53, 77, 101, 121, 161,
162, 331, 375, 545.
Issues UNDER THE LAW AMENDMENT Act,
13, 126, 173.
List Of Sheriffs, UNDERSHERIFFS, De-
PUTIES, &c. 47, 64, 79, 127, 373, 431.
Fines and Recoveries ACT, 206, 239,
446, 505, 550.
Affidavit to hold to Bail, 550.
ARTICLES FOR THE GENERAL READER, &c.:
General Review of Law Reform, 1.
Limitation of Actions for rent, 87, 88, ATTORNEYS TO BE ADMITTED, 89, 106, 346.
BARRISTERS CALLED, 106, 345.
Estate, subject to a Term, 219.
THE Editor's LETTER Box, end of each
A REVIEW OF THE MEASURES Actions Act, 3 & 4 W. 4. c. 27 ; given
EFFECTING AN ALTERATION IN 6 L. O. 261. The act abolishing Fines and THE LAW, IN THE LAST SES- Recoveries, 3 & 4 W. 4. c. 74; 6 L. O. SION OF PARLIAMENT, 1833. 433. The Dower Act, 3 & 4 W. 4. c.
105 ; 6 L. O. 449: and the Inheritance On the commencement at once of a new
Act, 3 & 4 W. 4. c. 106; 6 L. O. 465. volume of our work and of the legal year. 1st of January, 1834, and they make
All these acts come into operation on the we do not know that we can perform a better service to our readers
than by re- many important changes in the present viewing the important changes made in the practice of conveyancing. law in the last session of Parliament, stating to the Common Law. The Law Amend
Next in importance are the acts relating when they came, or come into operation, and enabling all those whom they may concern to L. O. 306 ; which came into operation on
Act, 3 4. 6 see at a glance bow far the march of innova- the 1st of June last. The Act for amending tion has proceeded. A Government author
the Uniformity of Process Act, 3 & 4 W. ity has declared that “ more has been done
4. c. 67; 6 L 0. 389; which came into for our jurisprudence during the first session of the reformed Parliament, than during the operation on the 28th of August last: and
the Act for enabling the Crown to change whole of the preceding century;”. and the place for holding the Assizes, 3 & 4 W. without echoing this sentiment, we may 4. c. 71; 6 L. 0. 371; which also came safely say, that enough has been done to into operation on the 28th of August last. render it necessary for the practitioner to louk well about him before he takes a single of Chancery; which are the Chancery Re
Next come the acts relating to the Court step, more particularly when the present year shall have completed its course.
gulation Act, 3 & 4 W. 4. c. 94; 6 L. O.
To enable him to see his way, we shall now the practice of the Court of Chancery. This
401; making most important alterations in arrange the various acts passed in the last session, altering the law; and shall add act, as far as it relates to the office of the references to our own work, where the acts but in all other matters it takes effect from
Clerk of Affidavits, is at present in force ; have been given in its pages, as in most in the end of the present Michaelmas term, or stances their provisions have been there
on the 26th of November. The other act reexplained. For those few acts not already lating to the Court of Chancery, is the 3 & 4 noticed, we must refer our readers to our future numbers.
W.7. c. 84; 6L. O. 450; and it provides First, then, in importance, come the
for the discharge of the duties of certain of
ficers of that Court, and came into operation Real Property Acts :—The Limitation of
the 28th of August last.
Next in importance is the Privy Council a The Reformed Ministry and the Reform- Appeals Act, 3 & 4 W. 4. c. 41; 6 L. O. ed Parliament, p. 56.
337; which may be said to call into ex
Review of the Measures of the last Session. istence a new Court, with important powers | 450; all of which are now in operation, and jurisdiction. This act came into oper- are also worthy of the attention of every ation on the 1st of June, 1833.
careful practitioner. The Lunatic Commissions Act, 3 & 4 Thus have we enumerated those statutes W. 4, c. 36; 6 L. 0. 273; materially which will all more or less bear on the fualters the practice in lunacy. This actture practice of professional men; and it came into operation on the 24th of July, appears, therefore, that scarcely a portion 1833; and connected with it is c. 64, for of our juridical system has remained unamending the Act for the Treatment of In- touched, whether for good or whether for sane Persons, post, p. 7.
evil, experience can only shew; but it is The Bankruptcy Court has also suffered clear that it is the duty of lawyers to bear material alterations, under the 3 & 4 W. 4. with them a knowledge of the alterations c. 47; stated post, p.
6. It came into which have been made ; and it is with this operation on the 28th of August last. object that we have devoted so large a space
The Criminal Law has also been altered to them, and have thought it advisable to by the 3 & 4 W. 4. c. 44; 6 L. O. 499; collect the most important acts in a separate which substitutes transportation for death form, and accompany them by the “ Comin the punishment of certain crimes, and mentaries” of various learned gentlemen, which comes into operation on the 1st of particularly acquainted with their proviJanuary, 1834.
sions. The office of Sheriffs, and the Exchequer The alterations we have enumerated are Office, are dealt with by the 3 & 4 W. 4. the work of one session,- of some six c. 99; 6 L. O. 473, 484 ; which act came months ;- the time is approaching for a reinto operation on the 29th of August, 1833. newal of the attack. A General Registry;
By the Quakers and Moravian Act, 3 & the establishment of Local Courts; the 4 W. 4. c. 49, and the Separatists' Act, 3 Abolition of Imprisonment for Debt; the & 4 W. 4. c. 82, an alteration is made in various proposals of the various bodies of the law of Evidence, by allowing the affir- Law Commissioners, Common Law, Real mations of these sectarians to be taken in Property, Ecclesiastical, Admiralty, Poor all cases instead of an oath. Both these Law, Corporation, Record, and Criminal, acts are now in operation.
English, Irish, and Scotch, are all to be The Payment of Debts Act, 3 & 4 W. 4. discussed. We are threatened with a code, c. 104; 6'L. 0. 483; is a useful measure, with the destruction of the Lord Chancelalso now in force.
lorship, with the abolition of the ultimate The Dramatic Property Act, 3 & 4 W. Court of Appeal ; a new practice is being 4. c. 15; 6 L. 0. 211, protects the rights created in the Courts of Common Law; of dramatic authors. It has been in force another is about to be introduced into the since the 10th of June, 1833.
Courts of Equity; and while new forms of The Abolition of Slavery Act, 3 & 4 W. pleading are being forged on the anvil of 4. c. 73, makes an important alteration in one set of Commissioners, another body, a species of property with which the money. it is hinted, is remodelling the forms for the lending inhabitants of England are nearly transfer of property. Every change achieved as well acquainted as their fellow subjects is but a fulcrum to effect another; the fall in the West Indies.
of one portion of our legal system weakens The East India Company Act, 3 & 4 W. that which remains, and lays it open to the 4. c. 85, and the Bank of England Act, fate of that already removed. 3 & 4 W. 4. c. 98, of great interest to the This is a state of things to excite anxicommunity at large, are also necessary to ety. Let us, however, not despond; but be known by the lawyer.
in availing ourselves of the new system The act allowing Attorneys to officiate as opening upon us, endeavour to shew our Public Notaries, 3 & 4 W. 4. c. 70; 6 readiness to submit to all reasonable L. 0. 422; the act relating to Inclosure changes, to assist its operation, and thus, Awards, c. 87; 6 L. 0. 422; the New if possible, preserve the main superstructure Police Act, 3 & 4 W. 4. c. 19; 6 L. O. of our laws. 267, 313; the Sewers Act, 3 & 4 W. 4. c. 22; 6 L. 0. 356, 394; the Turnpike Road Returns Act, 3 & 4 W. 4. C, 8; 6 L. O. 439; and the Parochial Rates Exemption Act, 3 & 4 W. 4. c. 30; 6 L. O.