HC Deb 07 March 1881 vol 259 cc431-2

I wish to put a Question to the Attorney General for Ireland of which I have given him private Notice. It is, Whether it is true that The Dublin Gazette of Friday contains a Proclamation of the Lord Lieutenant and Privy Council, purporting to alter the days for holding Quarter Sessions, Civil Bill, and Land Courts in the counties of Cavan and Leitrim for the remainder of the year 1881; whether under this Proclamation some of these Courts will not now be held within 10 days, thereby excluding adjucation in all cases requiring a longer previous service of process or notice; whether the counties of Cavan and Leitrim were not united into one County Court Judgeship over three years ago, and what is the reason for the recent change, and under what section of what Act of Parliament were the Privy Council advised to act?


In answer to the Question of the hon. Gentleman, I may say I believe it is true that The Gazette of Friday contains the Proclama- tion to which he refers. The hon. Gentleman asks me as to the circumstances under which the Proclamation to which he refers has been made; and I beg to inform him that the necessity for it has arisen in consequence of the Judge of Waterford County Court being also County Court Judge of Cavan and Leitrim. The object of the alteration is to enable the same County Court Judge to dispose of the business in these counties. I have not heard of any such difficulty as the hon. Member refers to; but I shall at once have inquiry made into the matter. The hon. Member asks me for the Act and section under which the Order in Council was made. It is the 90th section of the County Courts Act of 1877.


In consequence of the importance of the subject, I beg to give Notice that I shall repeat the Question to-morrow in greater detail.