HC Deb 10 May 1898 vol 57 c844

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the dismissal on Thursday last by the Croydon magistrates of a summons taken out by the Metropolitan Police against a county court bailiff for causing an obstruction to the highway by depositing furniture thereon after its removal from a house; and whether, having regard to the importance of the public rights which are involved, and to the fact that the magistrates appear to have acted on a misconception of the effect of the judgment of the Queen's Bench Division in the recent case of Carter v. Shilcock, he will instruct the police to apply for a case to be stated, in order that the decision of a superior court may be obtained?


I have received a Report of this case, but it does not seem necessary to take any further steps at present. The Question appears to have been one of fact. Should inconvenience, however, arise from misconceptions as to the law, I shall, of course, consider the question of obtaining an authoritative decision from the courts.