§ MR. O'DOHERTY (Donegal, N.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will say what is the rule regulating the attendance of resident magistrates at petty sessions held within the districts assigned to them by the Executive Government; and how many petty sessions Courts held at Dungiven, county Londonderry, were attended by the resident magistrate within whose district this petty sessions Court is during the past twelve months.
(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) A resident magistrate is required to attend the various Courts of petty sessions in his district unless prevented by illness or other sufficient reason. There were twelve such Courts at Dungiven during the past year. The resident magistrate was present at four of these; on four occasions he was absent through illness; and on four occasions he was absent on leave. On every occasion there was a good attendance of local justices.