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IMPRISONMENT AS PENALTY P.A. WELLINGTON, this day. In his charge to the grand jury to-day the Chief Justice, Sir Michael Myers, said that although the calendar did not contain any charges against bookmakers, he thought he should say a few words on the subject.

He did not care whether bookmaking was lawful or not, it was the duty of a judge to administer the law.

As long as it was an unlawful business, he would carry out the law, and on those occasions when a person had been charged before him with bookmaking and been convicted, he had sent him to prison. He always said that if the Courts carried out the spirit of the law, and when a person had been convicted and came up again, if he was sentenced to imprisonment one or other of two things would happen. Within 12 months either bookmaking would be substantially reduced, or there would be some amendment of the law. He did not say bookmaking would be eliminated altogether, but the law would not be flouted to anything like the extent to which it was flouted now.

i It was not for him to say, or suggest, how the law should be amended, added his Honor. It had nothing to do with him, but he did say the Courts should do their best to see that the law was observed in the spirit, as well as in the letter, and that they should not, by constantly fining bookmakers, adopt a system which amounted to nothing more or less than licensing the bookmaker to continue his unlawful trade.

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FLOUTING OF LAW, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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FLOUTING OF LAW Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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