HC Deb 16 March 1903 vol 119 c856

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Commission for Cork County is fixed to open on St. Patrick's Day; and whether he will take steps to secure the postponement of the opening of the assizes.


The Executive has no authority to take the action suggested. The matter is entirely one for the Judges of Assize, over whom the Government exercises no control. I may add that the Land Commissioners have arranged that no sub-Commission Courts shall sit to-morrow, and the Local Government Board has also arranged that no audits shall be held on that day. But there is no analogy between these fixtures and sittings of the Assize Courts, and any alteration in the holding, of the latter Courts, at this advanced period, would possibly be attended with difficulty and expense to jurors and suitors.