HL Deb 07 June 1852 vol 122 cc76-7

on moving that the House be put into Committee on this Bill to-morrow said, that he wished to call the attention of their Lordships to this Bill. He had given notice to the noble Earl opposite that it was his intention to move an Amendment for the purpose of striking out certain words from that Bill, which was intended to assimilate the law of evidence in Scotland to that of England. Since he had given notice of that intention, he had had time to communicate with the law authorities in Scotland, and he found that, instead of objecting to the measure, they were inclined to accede to it. They desired, however, to have further evidence of the way in which the late alteration in the law of evidence had worked in England, and therefore wished that that part of the Bill which related to Scotland should not he pressed this Session; in that case they thought that they should be able to agree to the Bill in the next Session, He, therefore, should not press his Amendment.


approved of the postponement of the measure, and added that it would be a great mistake to suppose that there was any objection on the part either of the Bench or of the Bar of Scotland to the assimilation of the law of evidence in the two countries.


expressed his concurrence in this opinion.


had heard it said that, if this Bill were postponed this Session, it would be postponed for ten years. He did not think that such would be the case; for Mr. Moncreiff, the late Lord Advocate, had pledged himself to introduce a similar Bill next Session.

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