§ MR. FINUCANE (Limerick, E.)
asked Mr. Solicitor General for Ireland, Whether a Sessions Court under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act was held at Murroe, County Limerick, on Tuesday, June 26, to try two men charged with assault; whether, although the accused with their witnesses and solicitor attended, the Court was adjourned in consequence of the attendance of only one Resident Magisgrate; and, whether a similar Court was held at the same place on last Tuesday, and adjourned on similar reasons; and, if so, will he direct that the expenses incurred by the accused shall be repaid to them?
§ THE SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. MADDEN) (Dublin University)
It is the fact that a Court under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act was held at Murroe, not on the day mentioned in the Question, but 726 on Monday, June 25, to try two men for aggravated assault. It is not the fact that the Court was adjourned in consequence of the attendance of only one Resident Magistrate. The case was heard by two Resident Magistrates; and as it had not concluded by 6 o'clock in the evening it was adjourned to July 3, the accused being meantime admitted to bail. One of the magistrates was unable to attend on the 3rd, and the case was further adjourned until the 12th instant. The accused had no solicitor in attendance on the 3rd. There is no reason for taking the course suggested by the Question.