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COLLAPSE OF THE OHARGES. (PebPbkss Association.) New Plymouth, Maroh 4. The Commission appointed by GovernRawson, respecting whom a lettei was sent to the Minister of Jastice by Mr William meot at tbe request of Distriot Judge Bayley, J. P., who signed it as Mayor of New Plymouth, bnt marked the letter private, have arrived here. The letter stated that a deputation waited on him and requested him to ask for the removel of Distriot Judge Rawson, as they considered that he was partial, A public meeting was held convened by Mr Bayley, when a few speakers used very coarse language with respeot to Jndge Rawson, and a resolution moved by Mr Standleh, J. P. , Crown Prosecutor, was to the effect that Mr Bayley, as Mayor, aoted m the true Interests of the people m asking for Mr R-wson's removal. About six hundred people were present at tbe meeting, of whom only fifty took an aotive part or voted for the resolution. The Commissioners on arrival advertised tbat complaints be sent m writing, signed by tbe party aggrieved, or they wonld not be entertaiped. On opening the Court none had been sent In, Mr Standisb, Crown Prosecutor, then rose and said he had not any complaint to make against Mr Rawson, nor had he done so ; but as one of the deputation to Mr Bayley, he asked him to take aotlon and be had done so ln sending the letter to the Minister of Justice. He said although he had not inquired whether It was on a sound basis, he believed a feeling of dissatisfaction did exist with respect to Mr Rawson, and be thought it would be better If he were removed to another distriot. The Commlesloneie said as there were no charges they had nothing 1 to do, and must olose the enquiry, but Judge Rawson objected, as the charges i bad been made, and tbey must be with* ; drawn. The Commission resolved to adjourn ; from day to day for a week. If no report* i are mby that time the Commission will : olose. Judge Rawson said his object It i asking for the Commission waa to put ai . end to the oharges against him. i March 5. The Commission re Judge Rawson me , this morning, when Commissioner Rel( said he had received letters from severs persons asking Government to pay fo counsel to help those who wished to brlni - oharges, and that counsel outside thi 8 piece be employed. He said the Oom " I mlssloners had no power to spend slxpenc ? with whioh they had nothing to do. I ary person laid a charge again st M Q Rawson the oharge would be thorough! ir investigated, but if they wanted oounsel' j help or wished to oall witnesses it mut -. be at the expense of tbe persons makln d the charges. Mr Mynott made a com i- plaint against the Deputy Offioial Asslgne n In Bankruptcy, and also against M >f Samuel,' bnt Mr Reid said tbat the Oom 1 mission had not been appointed to enquli •*. into such oomplalnts- Mr McGrego ?1 from Hawera, arrived after the Con '° opened, and said that he had to make complaint, but was not prepared. 1_ Rawson said be would be happy to mci _ auy oharge made by him or anyone els te No complaints m writing have been sei U In yet, and the Commissioners sgaln a< jooroid tbi proQeedlogs M tq-motrow.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2079, 5 March 1889

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DISTRICT JUDGE RAWSON Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2079, 5 March 1889