HC Deb 10 December 1888 vol 331 cc1606-7
MR. H. GARDNER (Essex, Saffron Walden)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether his attention has been called to the remarks made by Mr. Justice Manisty on December 5, with regard to the serious state of public business in the Law Courts owing to the present scarcity of Judges; and, whether, since two Judges have been removed from the Judicial Bench, by unusual employment on a Royal Commission, whose inquiry seems likely to last for a period impossible to define, Her Majesty's Government intend to take any steps to remedy what the learned Judge describes as the present serious tension?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

It is hoped material relief will be obtained during Circuit time if, by the proposed legislation as to Quarter Sessions, the Judges are not withdrawn for an undue time from London to try numerous cases which might be disposed of at Sessions, and so not overload the Assize Lists. With regard to the special circumstances of the withdrawal of two Judges from the ordinary business of the Queen's Bench, it is, of course, not practicable to meet that temporary difficulty except by temporary expedients; and if the Lord Chancellor, on the representation of the Lord Chief Justice of England and the Judges of the Queen's Bench, thought it necessary, no doubt Commissioners would have to be appointed during the Assizes.