§ MR. TULLY (Leitrim, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that it is the practice of the police in the township of Boyle to prosecute in the Petty Sessions Court persons guilty within the township of drunkenness and other offences against the Towns Improvement (Ireland) Acts, but whose places of residence are outside the town; and whether, as the fines go to relieve the town rates when the prosecutions are brought in the Town Court, he will direct the Constabulary to bring cases of this nature in the Borough Court, in accordance with the provisions of "The Towns Improvement (Ireland) Act, 1854"?
MR. J. MORLEY
The rule is that in cases where the offender lives outside the town, or the address is unknown, the police prosecute in their own name before the Magistrates in Petty Sessions, and not in the Town Court All other offences are tried before the Town Court. This rule operates generally throughout Ireland, and I am advised that it should not be altered.