HC Deb 07 August 1890 vol 348 cc96-7
MR. BAUMANN (Camberwell, Peckham)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the words "a joint Government," used by the Secretary of State, mean a joint Protectorate of Swaziland; what jurisdiction either the Queen or the South African Republic can have, under the Foreign Jurisdiction Acts, in an independent country with a Regent; whether the Court of Justice to be established will be presided over by a Dutch or an English Judge, or both; whether the Judge or Judges will be duly qualified lawyers; and whether there will be an appeal from this Court; and, if so, to what tribunal?


Joint Government does not mean a joint Protectorate. The Government, which is only over the white settlers, will, be jointly administered by the Represen- tatives of Swaziland, England, and the South African Republic acting together. With regard to the second paragraph of the question, there is no such jurisdiction. The jurisdiction is that of the Swazi Regent, and the powers to the joint Government will be given by the Regent. The nationality of the Judge—or of the Judges if more than one are appointed—will be decided when the time comes for selecting them. It may be assumed that the Judges will be qualified lawyers. The Court will be the Chief Court of Swaziland, and no appeal will lie to the Court of any other country.