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The Justices ’ Handyhook ; a practical guide for Justices of the Peace in the discharge of their duties out of Court. By Lowther Broad, Esq., Barrister at Law, Judge of District Courts.

This excellent work, now that Justices of the Peace perform so many duties formerly administered by Resident Magistrates, will prove an invaluable boon to those who are required to fulfil them. District Judge Broad has already rendered valuable service in previous publications by, as far as possible, divesting the details of magisterial duties of the technicalities _ which sometimes render law almost unintelligible to non-professional minds. The present work is intended to inform Justices of the Peace “ what to do in the discharge of the many duties they are called upon to perform out oj Court, . , . such as taking informations, issuing warrants and summonses, taking recognisances, etc.” These frequent occurrences involve serious responsibilities, which in most cases have had to be learnt only through the uncertainty of practice; for Justices are not required to pass an examination prior to appointment. But there are others of a still more serious character that seldom fall to the lot of Justices to perform; for instance, being called upon to act as coroner, or to act in cases of riot or unlawful assemblage, or in cases under the S, Lunacy, and Native Lands Acts. Duties of the latter class are more likely to fall to the lot of Justices in the country than in cities, where Resident Magistrates usually reside ; and to Justices in rural districts this digest of magisterial requirements will be specially welcome. The modes of legal procedure are illustrated with cases stated in plain English, with attention drawn to their specialties; and thus everyone, with a little careful reading, may act with certainly and safety to himself, although the circumstances might otherwise have created a doubt. Forms of legal documents are given, with an index for easy reference, A digest of the “ Law of Evidence” closes the work, which every Justice of the Peace should possess. It has been carefully revised by the author, and is published in a neat form by Messrs Bond, Finney, and Co., of Nelson, printers.

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BOOK NOTICE., Issue 7912, 21 May 1889

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BOOK NOTICE. Issue 7912, 21 May 1889

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