HC Deb 23 May 1898 vol 58 cc376-7

I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland whether he is aware that County Court Judge Craig has frequently complained of the extra amount of business brought before him in the way of processes for sums of less than £2; whether he is aware that the reason of plaintiffs preferring the county court for the recovery of small debts is that, as the law stands at present in Ireland, a plaintiff who gets a decree in the petty sessions court has to employ a bailiff at any fee the bailiff demands, whereas if a decree is obtained in the county court the sheriff executes the decree according to an arranged scale of fees; and whether he will introduce a Bill this Session making it imperative on sheriffs of counties to execute decrees obtained in the petty sessions court for the same scale of charges as decrees obtained in the county court?


My attention has been called to the matter referred to, and I have been informed by Judge Craig that he made no complaint whatever as to any extra work having been put upon him by the practice mentioned. I am not aware that the county court has been resorted to for the reasons stated in the Question, but it has been suggested to me that small debts are sued for in that court because the plaintiffs and their solicitors prefer that tribunal. It is not intended to introduce this Session any legislation on the subject.