HL Deb 12 May 1835 vol 27 c1017
Lord Brougham

said, that it was desirable to correct an error that had got abroad on the subject of the Central Criminal Court. It was stated in the Report just presented, that the learned Judges had tried but a small proportion of the cases of crime; and it was further said, that the City Officer had tried the majority of the cases. He moved for a return of the number and description of the cases tried, with the judgments pronounced in each, during the six months ending on the 5th of April last, and during the corresponding six months in the years 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833, and 1834.

The Duke of Richmond

said, that there was no charge against the Judges in the Report.

Lord Brougham

admitted, that there was not; that was the thing he complained of. Such things were always done in an indefinite sort of a manner, but the insinuation was conveyed, though any one who was acquainted with the matter knew that the Judges always tried the graver class of cases, those that required the fullest degree of consideration.

Agreed to.