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Purpose, to direct that the whole or any part of the Compensation
Allowance payable to any Person who shall have held any Office
or Employment in the said Court by virtue of any Act or Acts of

Parliament heretofore passed or hereafter to be passed, or any Order
5 or Orders in pursuance thereof, shall be applied in Payment to the

Fund from which such Monies as aforesaid shall have been abstracted,
for the Purpose of making good the same, with such Interest thereon
from the Time the same may have been received as the Lord

Chancellor may think proper, and with the Costs of making and
10 acting upon the said Orders; and any Order or Orders so to be

made shall over-reach any Assignment or Assignments which after
the Tenth Day of February One thousand eight hundred and fifty-
three shall have been made of any such Compensation Allowance,
whether made voluntarily or for a good and valuable Consideration.

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15 IX. Any Order or Orders for the Time being made under this Act Orders may

bę annulled may from Time to Time be annulled, altered, or varied by the like

or altered. Authority by which any such Order or Orders shall have been made, and new Orders from Time to Time be made for any of the Purposes

of this Act by the Authority by which Orders are hereby authorized 20 to be made.

of Act.

X. In the Construction of this Act, , unless such Meaning be Construction repugnant to or inconsistent with the Context, the Expression Lord Chancellor shall mean and include the Lord High Chancellor of

Great Britain and the Lord Keeper or Lords Commissioners of the 25 Great Seal of the United Kingdom for the Time being.

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An Act relating to the Appointment of Persons to

administer Oaths in Chancery, and to Affidavits
made for Purposes connected with Registration.

[Note.— The Clause printed in Italic is proposed to be inserted

in Committee.]

E it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and
with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and

Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows:

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I. The Persons now styled “Masters Extraordinary in Chancery” Country shall cease to be so styled, and they and all Persons hereafter appointed agents to to execute like Duties by the Lord Chancellor shall be designated Oaths in

Country Agents to administer Oaths in Chancery," and as such Chancery. shall possess and exercise all such Powers and discharge all such 10 Duties as now appertain to the Office of Master Extraordinary in

Chancery by virtue of any Statute or Order of the Court of Chancery or of the Lord Chancellor, or Usage in that Behalf, or otherwise.

II. It shall be lawful for the Lord Chancellor from Time to Time London to appoint any Persons practising as Solicitors within Ten Miles from Agents to

administer 15 Lincoln's Inn Hall to administer Oaths in Chancery, and to possess Oaths in all such other Powers and discharge all such other Duties as aforesaid;

Chancery. 143.

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ment.

and such Persons shall be styled “London Agents to administer
Oaths in Chancery;" and they shall be entitled to charge and take a
Fee of One Shilling and Sixpence for every Oath administered by
them, subject to any Order of the Lord Chancellor varying or
annulling the same.

5 Charge on III. The Fiat or Document by which any such Country Agent or Appoint

London Agent as aforesaid shall be appointed shall bear a Chancery
Stamp of One Pound, in lieu of the Stamp of Five Shillings now
required ; but no other Charge or Fee shall be made or payable in

respect of such Appointment, or of anything requisite to be done in 10
Publication order to perfect the same ; and it shall not be necessary that any
in London
Gazette not such Appointment should be published in the London Gazette.
necessary.
Saving of IV. Nothing herein contained shall abridge or lessen the Power of
Power of the Lord Chancellor as it now exists to appoint fit Persons to take
Lord Chan-
cellor. Oaths in Chancery, or to regulate the Fees to be taken by them ; 15
Reference

and where any Act of Parliament refers to the Masters Extraordinary to Masters

in Chancery, or to their Powers or Duties, the Reference shall be held Extraordinary in Sta- to apply to and include the Officers or Agents to whom the aforesaid new Styles are hereby given, or to their Powers or Duties, as the Case

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Affidavits V. And whereas by the Twenty-second Section of an Act passed
for Purposes in the Session of Parliament held in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth
connected
with Regis- Years of the Reign of Her present Majesty, Chapter Eighty-six,
tration. it is enacted, that “all Pleas, Answers, Disclaimers, Examinations,

“ Affidavits, Declarations, Affirmations, and Attestations of Honour 25
“ in Causes or Matters depending in the High Court of Chancery,
“ and also Acknowledgments required for the Purpose of enrolling

any Deed in the said Court, shall and may be sworn and taken
“ in Scotland or Ireland, or the Channel Islands, or in any Colony,
“ Island, Plantation, or Place under the Dominion of Her Majesty in 30

Foreign Parts, before any Judge, Court, Notary Public, or Person

lawfully authorized to administer Oaths in such Country, Colony, “ Island, Plantation, or Place respectively, or before any of Her

Majesty's Consuls or Vice-Consuls in any Foreign Parts out of Her

Majesty's Dominions; and the Judges and other Officers of the 35 " said Court of Chancery shall take judicial Notice of the Seal or

Signature, as the Case may be, of any such Court, Judge, Notary

Public, Person, Consul, or Vice-Consul attached, appended, or sub-
“ scribed to any such Pleas, Answers, Disclaimers, Examinations, Affi-
“ davits, Affirmations, Attestations of Honour, Declarations, Acknow- 40

ledgments, or other Documents to be used in the said Court:" And
whereas by the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Sections of the same
Act it is also enacted, that “all Persons swearing, declaring, affirm-

ing,

ing, or attesting before any Person authorized by this Act to “ administer Oaths, and take Declarations, Affirmations, or Attesta“ tions of Honour, shall be liable to all such Penalties, Punishments,

“ and Consequences for any wilful and corrupt false swearing, 5 declaring, affirming, or attesting contained therein, as if the Matter

sworn, declared, affirmed, or attested had been sworn, declared, " affirmed, or attested before any Court or Persons now by Law " authorized to administer Oaths, and take Declarations, Affirmations, or Attestations

upon Honour;" and that “ if any Person shall forge 10 “ the Signature or the Official Seal of any such Judge, Notary

“ Public, or other Person lawfully authorized to administer Oaths “ under this Act, or shall tender in Evidence any Plea, Answer, “ Disclaimer, Examination, Affidavit, or other judicial or official

“ Document with a false or counterfeit Signature or Seal of any 15 " such Judge, Court, Notary Public, or other Person authorized

as aforesaid attached or appended thereto, knowing the same “ Signature or Seal to be false or counterfeit, every such Person “ shall be guilty of Felony, and shall be liable to the same Punish

ment as any Offender under an Act passed in the Eighth and 20 “ Ninth Years of the Reign of Her present Majesty, intituled

“An Act to facilitate the Admission in Evidence of certain “ official and other Documents :' ” And whereas it is expedient to extend the recited Provisions of the said first-mentioned Act for

the Purpose of diminishing the Expense of and incident to Regis25 tration of Deeds and Wills : Be it enacted, That all Affidavits, Decla

rations, and Affirmations to be used before any Registrar or other Officer of any Registry Office in Great Britain or Ireland, for Purpose connected with Registration of Deeds or Wills, under the Autho

rity of Parliament, may be sworn and taken in Scotland or Ireland, or 30 the Channel Islands, or in any Colony, Island, Plantation, or Place under

the Dominion of Her Majesty in Foreign Parts, before any Court, Judge, Notary Public, or Person lawfully authorized to administer Oaths in such Country, Colony, Island, Plantation, or Place respectively, or

before any of Her Majesty's Consuls or Vice-Consuls in any Foreign 35 Parts out of Her Majesty's Dominions; and all Registrars and other

Officers of any such Registry Office shall take judicial Notice of the
Seal or Signature, as the Case may be, of any such Court, Judge, Notary
Public, Person, Consul, or Vice-Consul which shall be attached, ap-

pended, or subscribed to any such Affidavit, Declaration, or Affirma40 tion, or any other Document; and that the Enactments contained in

the said Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Sections shall be deemed to be incorporated herein as effectually as if the same Enactments were expressly re-enacted in this Act and applied to Registry Offices. VI. The Term “ Lord Chancellor” shall mean also and include the Term “Lord

Chancellor." 45 Lord Keeper and Lords Commissioners for the Custody of the Great

Seal for the Time being.

any

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