HC Deb 17 March 1884 vol 286 cc27-8

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether it is with his sanction that the judges have so rearranged the places for holding the Spring Criminal Assizes that prisoners will, in some cases, be taken from their own county, through four other counties, to a town over one hundred miles from their own homes to be tried; whether, since such a change of venue may amount, practically, to a denial to them of the means of defence, he will propose any allowance of money to such prisoners to enable them to procure the attendance of their attorneys and witnesses; and, whether he will propose any deduction from the sum allowed for travelling expenses to the Circuit judges, which will be largely diminished by the arrangements which they themselves have made?


, in reply, said, the arrangements made by the Judges for holding the Spring Criminal Assizes were similar to those which had existed for some years past.