HC Deb 04 August 1890 vol 347 c1759

I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland if his attention has been called to the proceedings at Dunfanaghy Petty Sessions on the 28th of June, in the case of Mr. Crawford against Derryheriff peasants for trespass, and wherein the Magistrates made an order that the tenants should pay £2 2s. solicitor's fees; and whether, seeing that it was afterwards proved that the Magistrates had no jurisdiction, they were within their right in making this order?


I am informed that when the cases referred to came before the Court on 28th June they were adjourned on the application of the defendants on the usual terms of their paying the cost of the day. The cases were not gone into at all on that day. On 12th July they again came before the Court. One of the defendants was fined and the remaining cases adjourned, pending the result of a case stated. It does not appear from any information before me that the Magistrates had no jurisdiction.