HC Deb 01 August 1832 vol 14 c991
Mr. Freshfield

presented a Petition from the Incorporated Law Society of Great Britain, complaining of the want of sufficient accommodation for Judges, Counsel and Solicitors at the Judges' Chambers, and praying for the erection of sufficient buildings for that purpose.

Petition read.

Mr. Hume

supported the prayer of the petition, and was sure that this subject ought to be taken up by Government. The chambers where the Judges met at Serjeants' Inn to transact business were wholly inadequate and most disgraceful. The Judges, too, did not attend as much as they ought, and he thought they should attend in turn the whole day.

Mr. Harvey

was of opinion, that the hon. member for Penryn (Mr. Freshfield) would confer a great benefit on the profession and on the public generally, if he could procure a remedy for the evils of which the petition complained. It was now impossible that attorneys could attend to the interests of their clients.

The Attorney General

admitted, that there was much more accommodation than was now attainable required for the administration of the law. He would, at the same time, suggest, that the Judges who attended at chambers should be taken from all the Courts.

Petition to be printed.

Lord Althorp having risen to move one of the Orders of the Day,

Mr. Hume

said, he bad hoped the noble Lord was about to pledge the Government to take up the object of the petition.

Lord Althorp

said, that his hon. friend had lately so devoted himself to architects and architecture, that if all the improvements which his hon. friend was now anxious for were to be carried into effect, the Treasury would have very little money to dispose of for other public services. He could not pledge himself to forward the object of the petition, but it should be taken into consideration.