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THE CHRISTIE CASE

♦ The following is Judge Ward's last letter to the Minister of Justice : — " O*maru, July2o h.— l have the honor 'o acknowledge ihe rtoeipt of a letter from I 'ho Secretary of Justice,- stating (inter j alia) that the Oabluet do not Intend to Ukß any notion repeating the correspondent}! mre Jamtte a •_ ttl the committee to whom this potltion has been referred report upon it. It Is pleasant to observe by the the tolograms that, the matter has been brought before bosh Housed, »nd 'hutihj denpfttohealn question mast forthwith produoed. Theome la doit m the hands of tho Lo^lalaturp, to you and I are alike reopoualble, and U remains for thfl Houses of Parliament to decide whether you and Mr HUlop are to be approved of as the apostles of the new doctrine of intervention, under welsh, according to you, no tradesman |o whom ( a judge or a res dent magistrate a* eB a shilling can sqe or be cued la hip orurt without It becoming ' the duly of the Minister of Justice m the pob'lo interes to Inte veuo,' or whether I have simply done my dn>y Id repelilog a grave attack on tho Independence of the judicial banoh. Aa the law now ■lauds, had I refused. to he*r Christie's examination In binkraptoy on thu sole ground that a dtbt, f ( ,l!y aecawd by mortgage, was due by mo to the $ >'o ilal Invea ment Company, one of hisoreditor*, a writ of mandamus ordering mo to proceed w tb it would cert* nly have been grantod by tho Suptema Court. I have toconily ouaervod that the press copy of the petition of oertaln residents I of •: a,mato m f»vor of Ohrlatie, and the 1 ttrr of the 11 h April last from Mr nial'/p forwardlag it, are In the aarae h&i.dvici m , It la thus dear that the pcuit«P f if grafted by Mr Newt o, w.a eogroujßcl bf ftoleck of IquUl a% m .

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THE CHRISTIE CASE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2182, 25 July 1889

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