The Lord Chancellor
presented a Petition from the Sheriffs Depute of Scotland, against that Clause of the Scotch Reform Bill which rendered them liable to certain penalties for omissions in the new duties which would devolve on them under the Act. They prayed that parties bringing actions against them under the Act, should be obliged to give security for the payment of costs in case of verdicts being given for the petitioners.
The Earl of Rosslyn
agreed with his noble friend in his opinion of the Sheriffs 170 Depute of Scotland, and he thought that they ought also to be secured against more than one action for the same cause.
§ Petition to be on the Table.