§ MR. JOHN ROCHE
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether is aware that a man named James M'Mahon was charged on the 14th May at the Woodford petty sessions with having an unlicensed dog in his possession, and that the policeman who summoned him admitted in court that he did not see any dog in his possession, and that in addition M'Mahon and his son denied having any dog; and whether, seeing that M'Mahon was fined 2s. and the costs, the Lord Chancellor's 952 attention will be called to the decision of the magistrates who acted on the occasion.
I beg to refer the hon. Member to my reply to his previous. Question of 28th May,† when I informed him that the sufficiency of the evidence was a matter for the magistrates, and that I could not undertake to discuss the details of the case. I do not think that, any good purpose would be served by calling the Lord Chancellor's attention to the matter. The judicial decisions of magistrates can only be reviewed by courts of law.