HC Deb 26 March 1858 vol 149 c814

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary for the Home Department whether the Government are taking any steps to carry into effect the recommendation of the Common Law (Judicial Business) Commissioners' Report, particularly with reference to the redistribution of the Circuits; and, if so, whether by the authority of the Crown or by Act of Parliament; and whether such arrangements will be complete against the ensuing Summer Circuits? He would also like to know whether any additional correspondence has taken place between the Home Office and the Lord Chief Justice on the subject?


said, that no additional correspondence had taken place between the Lord Chief Justice and the Home Office. With respect to the other question of the hon. and learned Member, the redistribution of the Circuits must depend entirely on the Bill before Parliament relating to Manchester, for until it could be arranged at what time the Assizes at Manchester should be held, it would not be advisable to make any redistribution of the Circuits in other parts of the Kingdom. He therefore thought there was no chance of any new arrangements being complete before the Summer Circuits.