HL Deb 27 June 1845 vol 81 cc1307-8
Lord Brougham

, in moving for the usual annual return of the state of business before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, took occasion to state that only one single case remained to be disposed of before that Court. It was the only tribunal in this country which stood in a similar position; nay, he believed there was not a second example of an equal absence of arrears in the history of the judicial establishments of the civilized world. Yet it was the only body of Judges, though having under its jurisdiction, not only the British Islands, but India, and the whole of our Colonial Empire, for which this great and opulent country refused to make a pecuniary provision; and for his part he felt almost ashamed of being obliged to have recourse to mendicancy in order to procure the judicial services of his noble and learned Friends. He regretted that the Bill introduced last year for the remedy of this evil should have been rejected by the other House, under the supposition that the new judicial office to be created was intended for himself, which was totally unfounded and untrue, as everybody who knew anything about the matter was aware that it was intended for somebody else.

Return ordered.