HC Deb 11 May 1899 vol 71 cc332-3
MR. SAMUEL EVANS (Glamorgan, Mid)

I beg to ask Mr. Attorney-General what arrangements have been or will be made for the hearing of appeals in the Court of Appeal during the absence out of the country of the Lord Chief Justice of England, and of Lord Justice Collins, as Commissioners of Her Majesty; whether it is the intention of the Government, or of the Lord Chancellor, to put in force Section 4 of The Supreme Court of Judicature Act, 1875, during the absence of the learned Judges referred to, so as to secure the attendance in the Court of Appeal of an additional Judge of the High Court of Justice; and, whether the Government will introduce a Bill to make the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary ex officio Judges of the Court of Appeal, and to enable the Lord Chancellor to request the attendance as Judges in the Court of Appeal of Peers who have held the office of Lord of Appeal in Ordinary or any other high judicial office in England if they consent to do so?


It is proposed that the President of the Probate and Admiralty Division, who is a member of the Court of Appeal, shall sit in that Court during the absence of Lord Justice Collins. The answers to the second and third paragraphs of the honourable and learned Member's question are in the negative.

SIR H. FOWLER (Wolverhampton, E.)

Who will sit in the Probate and Divorce Court, then?


I assume that, if necessary, one of the Queen's Bench Judges will. The right honourable Gentleman will probably remember that one of the Queen's Bench Judges has been constantly assisting in the Admiralty Court when, owing to temporary illness, Sir F. Jeunce and Mr. Justice Barnes were absent.