§ DR. TANNER
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland by whose orders were two Magistrates present at the Fermoy Petty Sessions to hear a summons for assault brought by Mr. Barber, a newspaper correspondent of Fermoy, against a policeman named Kelly, on Monday the 16th instant; whether it is usual for two Resident Magistrates to attend ordinary Sessions; and, whether Mr. Hodder, R.M., is a Magistrate for the County Clare?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
Two Resident Magistrates attended at Fermoy on the occasion in question to adjudicate in cases under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act. It is not usual for two Resident Magistrates to attend ordinary Petty Sessions, except where they may happen to be available or their services required; the reply to the inquiry in the last paragraph is in the affirmative.