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CHANGES MADE IN THE LAW IN THE Ses: 1 Justices of the Peace, 117.


Reform Act, 117.

Limitation of Real Actions Act, 261.

Inclosure Awards Titles, 133.

Lunatic Commissions Act, 273.

Debtor and Creditor, and Imprisonment,

Law Amendment Act, 306.

148, 181, 196.

Privy Council Appeals Act, 337.

Bank of England, 215.

Assizes Adjournment Act, 371.

Notaries Public, 217.

Uniformity of Process Act, 389.

Court of Bankruptcy, 218.

Chancery Regulation Act, 401.

Six Clerks, &c., 229.

Fine and Recovery Act, 433.

Uniformity of Process, 266, 302.

Dower Act, 449.

Law Amendment, 286.

Parochial Rates Exemption Act, 450.

Forged Stamps, 292, 316.

Inheritance Act, 465.

Chancery Offices, 294.

Payment of Debts out of Real Estate Act, Stay of Tithe Suits, 309.





Dramatic Literary Property, 211.

Fourth Real Property Report, on Wills,

Stamp Duties, 251.

App. Part 1.

Metropolitan Offices, 267, 280, 296, 310, Fifth Common Law Report, on Local

Courts, App. Part 2.

Sewers, 356, 372, 394.

Queries on Evidence, 188.

Public Notaries, 422.

Queries on Costs, 276, 345, 376.

Inclosure Awards Titles, 422.

Turnpike Roads Trusts, 341.

Turnpike Returns, 439.

Chancery Officers, 481.

Chancery Officers, 450.

Ecclesiastical and Admiralty Courts, 497.

Sheriffs Regulation and ExchequerOffices, | PARLIAMENTARY RETURNS:
473, 484.

Suitors' Fund in Chancery, 8.

Housebreaking and Forgery, 499.

Commissioners of Bankrupt, Compensa-


tions, 75:
State and Prospects of Law Reform, 1, Articles of Clerkship, 175.
180, 209, 369, 417.

Attorneys' Certificates, 175.
Local Courts, 2, 20, 35, 51, 61, 82, 129, Bankruptcy, 243.
155, 161, 193, 289.

Prisoners for Debt, 243.
General Registry of Deeds, 28, 57, 78, Salaries and Pensions of Judges, 247.
86, 108, 118, 142, 145, 173, 191.

Master of the Rolls, 278.

Court of Chancery, 31, 81, 209, 257, 266, Lunacy Fees, 501.'

Abolishing Imprisonment for Debt, 108, PARLIAMENTARY Debates :
136, 185, 266, 295, 346, 395, 424, 454,

Criminal Law, 76.

Local Courts, 161–172.

Limitation of Real Actions, 121.

Laws of Real Property, 132.

List of Public GENERAL STATUTES, 250,

Law of Wills, 33.

359, 426.

Law of Debtor and Creditor, 132, 200. List of LOCAL AND Personal Acts, 428,440.

Criminal Law, 177.


Common Law Courts, 188, 276, 345, 353, House of Lords, passim.
376, 404, 406, 502.

House of Commons, passim.

Conveyancing Practice, 385.


New Bills in PARLIAMENT:

COURTS, passim.
Court of Chancery Regulation, 3, 212.

The subjects of the Decisions are stated in the

Payment of Debts out of Real Estate, 19. | Inder, in' Italics ; and the Names of the Cases

Real Property, 36.

in the Digest.

Lunatics' Commissioners, 37.

General Registry, 67.


Commutation of Tithes, 88.


Lighting and Watching, 89.


Parish Settlements, 89.

Parochial Rates Exemption, 89.

CircuitS OF THE Judges, 139.

Affimations of Quakers and Moravians,



Stamp Duties, 89.

Presumed Surrender of Terms, 6.

Libel, 104.

Judgments, 20.

Prisoners' Counsel, 104.

Release, 54.

Housebreaking, 104.

Covenants for Title, 105.

Metropolitan Police, 115.

Statute of Frauds, 213,



Misdescription on Sale, 263.

Tithe Suits, 452.
Yearly Tenant, 275.

Duty of the Profession on Law Reform,

Reversioner, 313.


Construction of Devise, 472.

Limitation of Real Actions, 47).


Provisoes for Re-entry, 119.

TERS, 111, 122, 250, 279, 317, 330.

Subject Matter of Transfer, 153.

Clergyman's Charge of Benefice, 227.

Practical Points of GENERAL INTEREST: L PARLIAMENT, 203, 214.

Booksellers, 75.
Trader absenting himself, 144.

Magistrate, 172.

415, 452, 494.
Policy of Insurance, 201.

ORIGINAL LETTERS or Mr. Justice Black-

Warrant of Attorney, 226.

STONE, 421.

Distress, 291.


Work according to Specification, 370.

Country Fiats, 21.

Right of Creditor to conduct Action, 488.

Attorney's Certificate Duty, 21.


Taxations, 21.

Counsel and Attorney, 38.

Leases, 21, 121.

Practising as Notaries, 265.

Stamp Duty, 21, 121.

Attorney of oue Court practisiirg in an Reconcilement Courts, 21.

other, 277.

Writs of Error, 39.

Admittance to Prison, 342.

Uniformity of Process Act, 39.

Privileged Communications, 403.

Costs of Chancery Sales, 40.

Sabbath-breaking, 40.

Reviews :

Andrews' Criminal Law, 10.

Payment of Debts out of Realty, 120.

Quin on the Trade of Banking, 18.

Attendance at Solicitors' Offices, 121.

Limitation of Real Actions, 121.

Lewis on the Sheriffs' Court, 37.

Cowlard on Republication of Codicils, 38.

Delays in the Exchequer, 121.

Denton on Local Courts, 51, 82.

General Register, 173.

Raines on Local Courts, 98.

Suing in Forma Pauperis, 173.

Dowling's Practical Reports, 188.

Students' Box, 174.

Taylor's Book of Rights, 233.

Articles of Clerkship, 358.

Hughes's Directions for Wills, 263.

Lunatic Commissioners, 377.

Limitation of Actions for Rent, 377.

Woolrych on Window Lights, 276.

Provincial Law Lectures, 407.

Gunning on Tolls, 292.

Spoiled Stamps, 408.

Dugmore on Registration, 324.

Local Courts, 354.

Palace Court Counsel, 408.

Municipal Corporation Commission, 456.

Ayrton on Composition Deeds, 355.

Wright on Friendly Societies, 438.

Law Reform, Law Clerks, 457.

Price on Personal Actions, 467.

| PROFESSIONAL Societies :

Shelford on the Real Property Acts, 467. Inns of Court, 113, 241, 305, 366.

Berrey on the Real Property Acts, 467. Incorporated Law Society, 187.

Atkinson on the Real Property Acts, 488. Law Association, 216.

Gale on the Law Amendment Act, 489. United Law Clerks Society, 470.

Theobald on the Law Amendment and New Court, Judges' HALL, AND CHAM-
Interpleader Acts, 489.

BERS, &c. 11, 106.
Miscellaneous DISSERTATIONS :

Legal Biography, 146, 225,321,390, 435.

The Interpleader Act, 17.

REMARKABLE TRIALS, 345, 408, 476.

Injunction, Piracy, 23.
Replevin on Distress for Poor Rates, 27, BARRISTERS CALLED, 79, 175.

Poor Laws, 49.

360, 375, 399.
Stamp Duties, 55.

Notes Of The Week, passim.
Unlawful Assemblies, 65.
Rights of the Road, 90.

QUERIES, vide Index.
Law of Elections, 97.

ANSWERS TO Queries, vide Index.

Uniformity of Process Act, 102, 484.


Manumission of Slaves, 103.

Legal Antiquities, History, Anecdotes,
Mortgage Precedents and Stamps, 134.

&c., vide Index.

Criminal Law, 177.

Rescinding Special Contract, 201. BANKRUPTCIES SUPERSEDED. See end of

Affidavits of Debt, 191.

each Supplement.

Provision for Younger Children, 298. BANKRUPTS, ibid.

Friendly Society Acts, 342.

Lists of New Publications, ibid.

Working of Bankrupt Law, 345.

aw Amendment Act, 325, 353, 406.

The Editor's Letter Box, end of each

ses at Assizes, 404.

Weekly Number.

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THE PRESENT STATE OF so large a demand on him for the future. The

Lord Chief Baron had good reason in wish

ing that the debate should be deferred unWe find it necessary, as well for our own til the evidence should be printed, as we are sake as that of our readers, occasionally to informed, that it is almost entirely against take a general survey of the existing state the scheme. The fact is, that the Lord of Law Reform. So many measures have been Chancellor is a little unfortunate in this introduced in the present Session of Parlia- his favourite plan. On its first introduction ment—so many projects have been broach- he relied at any rate on the countenance of ed-so many schemes have been talked of, Jeremy Bentham ; but that learned jurist that we, whose business it is to know every not only pronounced it counterfeit, but thing that can be known, find ourselves a wrote an article in the Westminster Review little confused. Let us, then, shortly re- to prove it so. The Chancellor next apcapitulate the Bills which have been already plies to the Common Law Commissioners, introduced, and venture to predict their fate. and hopes that they will stand god-fathers

The Lord Chancellor's Law Amendment to his project: they, however, decline the Bill, to the provisions of which we have fre-honour, preferring a little plan of their own. quently called our readers' attention, has He turns in disgust from the learned Comnow passed the House of Lords, and will missioners; surveys his Bills again; pulls probably go through the House of Commons some of the clauses out; inserts others in with but little alteration.

their places, and again proceeds to declare The Solicitor General's Real Property Bills that it is the most faultless thing in the have, we understand, received considerable world. We could certainly have wished, for verbal alterations in the Select Committee, the Chancellor's reputation, that he had let although they remain unchanged in prin- the matter alone, and that his impatience ciple. They appear to have excited but for his due share of popular applause had little attention in the Lower House; they manifested itself in some other shape. may chance, however, to meet a more ques While one brother is thus incumbered tionable reception in the House of Lords. with the Local Courts, the other is afflicted

The fate of the Local Courts Bill is very with the General Registry; and if Ajax doubtful. It will be strenuously opposed strives in vain “so huge a weight to heave,” by Lord Lyndhurst, who will be able to how will his lesser brother fare, unprotected produce so strong a body of facts and argu- by the sevenfold shield of the giant? In ment against it, that we anticipate its re- an evil day, we must be permitted to think, jection; and even if it received the Lords' both for the question and its mover, was its assent, we should be glad to know what introduction adroitly shifted by the Solicitor the Chancellor of the Exchequer will say to General to the Master in Chancery-proving


Law Reform.-- Reasons against the Local Courts Bill.

only that it might be in hands still more in- | Deeds. They are determined not to be outcompetent than those which had before in- done by their Common Law brethren; alcumbered it by their help. From all that we though we trust that the result of their lacan learn, it has hut little chance of passing bours is not to be confined to the publicaeven the House of Commons.

tion of two blue-covered volumes by the The Bill for Chancery Reform will be year. pushed on, if possible, and will not be so strenuously opposed. We have already stated our humble approval of its provi

SONS AGAINST THE LOCAL sions. Lord Wynford's Bill, to diminish Delay

COURTS BILL. and Expense, of which we have already given an account, has been lost for the Ses- 1. That the benefit, professed in the presion.

amble of the Bill, “ of having suits tried near Besides these important Bills, there are the homes of the suitors,” is fallacious, bemany others, for effecting minor alterations cause the several suitors and witnesses frein the Law, before Parliament. The Luna- quently reside at a considerable distance tic Bill is going slowly on towards maturity. | from each other. The Bill for authorising the King in Coun- 2. That of the actions commenced for cil to vary the towns for holding assizes (a small debts, three-fourths are for money useful measure,) is still in the House of Com-lent, goods sold, or work done; to which mons. The Bill for re-modelling the Privy there is no defence; and it is unjust that Council has passed the House of Lords, and the convenience of the debtor should be conwill pass the other House without opposition, sulted at the expense of the injured crediThe Bill relating to the Law of Patents has al- | tor. ready met with considerable delay, and will 3. That it is a great hardship on credihardly get through this session. There are tors, to compel them to proceed in Local several Bills for ameliorating the Criminal Courts, where they must employ agents in Law, and another for allowing Prisoners to whom they may have no confidence, and be defended by Counsel. These, or some or convey their witnesses, at great expense one of them, may probably pass. Mr. Romilly and inconvenience, to the several districts has introduced a Bill for subjecting real es- where their debtors reside. tate, in every instance, to simple contract 4. That all the reasons for abolishing the debts. We understand that it is the same Welch Local Courts (which possessed the Bill that was introduced by Sir Samuel Ro- advantage of comparatively eminent Judges) milly ; and if the present Houses of Parlia- apply more strongly to the proposed plan, ment are more disinterested than their pre- because the Judges will have less experience decessors, it may become law.

and learning; and, as they must be conThese are most of the Bills already stantly resident in their districts, the danger brought in; but there are other measures of partiality will be greatly increased, from which are contemplated. The Solicitor Ge- their personal knowledge of the suitors, neral has given notice of a Bill, founded on witnesses, and practitioners; whilst strangthe Fourth Common Law Report, which is ers, and especially aliens, will have cause to to alter the present Law of Debtor and Cre-apprehend that equal justice will not be ditor. The Lord Chancellor, who has al-administered. ways a Bill at his fingers' ends, will soon 5. That it will not be satisfactory to the favour us again; and the budding legisla- suitors in general, to have all kinds of causes tors of the House of Commons will never heard before inferior, and often partial think of letting the Session expire without Judges, when, according to the present syssome further attack upon Mother Law. tém, they have the advantage of the most

The Law Commissioners are also at work. eminent learning, experience, and impartiThe Poor Law Report will soon be pub. ality in each department of the law. lished, the Commissioners having been al- 6. That the decisions and practice of the ready prematurely delivered of an octavo of several Local Courts will not be uniform ; “ Information," which, by the bye, we shall and the appeals to the Judges of the Suspeedily notice. The Real Property Com-perior Courts, to correct misdirections and missioners, although as yet no one of their errors of judgment, will enhance the costs recommendations has been carried into to more than the amount of the present effect, have nearly printed a Fourth Report, proceedings. on Wills, and are ready to print a Fifth, on 7. That the necessity for Local Courts,

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