§ DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, N.)
I beg to ask Mr. Attorney General, whether he is aware that the President of the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division of the High Court of Justice adjourned his Court on Thursday, 30th January during the hearing of a case, the reason given being that the President was occupied with duties elsewhere during the week; will he state what were the nature of the duties which prevented the President continuing the hearing of the case; and whether, in the interest of suitors, he will advise His Majesty's Government to appoint another judge while the President is attending to his duties elsewhere.
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL (Sir ROBERT FINLAY,) Inverness Burghs
The adjournment referred to in the Question took place at 2 p.m., in order that the President might preside at a sitting of the Mercantile Marine Committee. It is altogether unnecessary that another judge should be appointed to act in that division, inasmuch as it is expected that by the end of the sitting every case ready for hearing will have been disposed of.