HC Deb 10 August 1883 vol 283 c52

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to a case brought by Dr. Michael Davis, J. P. against Terence Reilly, for possession of a holding in Coravillis, Inniskeen, county Cavan, and which was tried before Captain Mansfield, R. M. and Messrs. Gibson and Chambers, J. P. who, on examining the documentary evidence, pronounced the complainant guilty of perjury; and, whether he will direct any proceedings to be taken against Dr. Davis?


It is the fact that in the course of the case referred to one of the magistrates present—namely, Mr. Chambers, did say that Dr. Davis, in an application which he joined with his tenant in making under the Arrears Act, had made an affidavit not in accordance with what the law required, and sworn what was not true. Such statement was, however, made under a misapprehension of the facts, and was not concurred in or approved of by the two other magistrates mentioned in the hon. Member's Question; and on inquiry I do not find that there are any grounds for instituting proceedings against Dr. Davis. It is, of course, no part of my duty to order a prosecution.