§ MR. LEAMY (Cork Co., N.E.)
asked the Solicitor General for Ireland under what authority, and by whom, Mr. Murphy had been appointed Chief Receiver in the Land Judges' Division of the High Court of Justice in Ireland; what was his salary; and what legal qualification did he possess; whether business hitherto transacted before the Judges, in reference to management of landed estates and the supervision and control of receivers over the same, in pursuance of the Judicature Act, had been, and was now, transacted before Mr. Murphy sitting in Chambers; and whether his appointment revived the office of Receiver Master, which was abolished by the Act; whether any rule appointing Mr. Murphy had been made; and, whether any rules as to procedure before him had been made; and, if so, had they been, or would they be, laid before Parliament?
§ *THE SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. MADDEN,) University of Dublin
I am informed that Mr. Murphy has been appointed Chief Receiver in the Land Judges' Division of the High Court of Justice in Ireland by the Land Judge, with the consent and approval of the Lord Chancellor of Ireland and with the sanction of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, pursuant to the provisions of the Land Estates Court (Ireland) Act and the Judicature Act. His salary has been fixed at £1,000 a year. Mr. Murphy does not possess legal qualification, nor is he required to discharge legal business. A considerable portion of the business hitherto transacted through solicitors before the Judges in reference to the details of the management of landed estates and the control of the Receivers over the same, in pursuance of the Judicature Act now comes in the first place before Mr. Murphy direct from the Receiver, without the intervention of a solicitor. But in every case Mr. Murphy's memorandum is submitted to one of the Receiver Judges and by him converted into a ruling, with such 1564 modifications as he may think proper. It is calculated that by this change costs to estates will be saved to the extent of at least £10,000 a year. This appointment does not revive the office of Receiver Master. No rule appointing Mr. Murphy has been made. He has been temporarily appointed by order dated February 12, 1889, and has no right to pension or superannuation. No rules as to procedure before him have been made, as he merely prepares memoranda or suggestions for the Judges' consideration.