HC Deb 04 July 1881 vol 262 c1947

asked the Lord Advocate, Whether the Government have yet come to a decision as to proceeding with the Court of Session Bill; and, if it has been decided to withdraw the Bill, whether early steps will be taken to fill up the vacant judgeship?


The Court of Session Bill, to which the Question relates, was delayed by the Lord Chancellor, because it appeared there was a desire, on the part of the noble Lords interested in the question, to be in possession of the views of the Government with regard to the reform of the Sheriff Courts. I need hardly say that a measure regulating the relations of the Superior and Inferior Courts in Scotland is quite beyond the power of Parliament to deal with in the present Session; but the whole subject is under consideration, with a view to legislation next Session. The question of filling up the vacant Judgeship is also under consideration.