HC Deb 21 May 1897 vol 49 c1037
MR. D. MACALEESE (Monaghan, W.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he can stale upon what principle certain magistrates may adjudicate in all petty sessions districts in the county named in their commissions, while other magistrates in the same county are confined to certain districts only; how many magistrates in Fermanagh enjoy the privilege of sitting at all petty sessions in that county, and how many are confined to limited areas; and will any steps be taken to limit the jurisdiction in the one case, or to extend it in the other, so that the existing distinction may cease?


The Question is based upon a supposition which is erroneous. I have already explained to the hon. Member that all magistrates are expected to confine their attendance at petty sessions to the districts specified on their appointment to the Commission. The Lord Chancellor does not sanction the attendance of a magistrate at all petty sessions throughout the county.