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THE COUNCIL’S COMMITTEE’S REPORT. A SEVERE CENSURE. MR HISLOP RESIGNS. [From Our Parliamentary Reporter.] WELLINGTON, Septembers. The following is the text of the report of the Council’s Special Committee : The Committees to whom it was referred to inquire into and repoit upon the circumstances that have occasioned the correspondence between Ministers and Mr District Judge Ward have the honor to report that (1) your Committee, having made careful inquiry and taken evidence, refer that evidence and proceedings to the Council. (2) This Committee are of opinion that the correspondence of the Hon. Mr Hislop with Mr District Judge Ward merits the gravest disapproval.

At the final meeting of the Committee held yesterday, the following letter from the Colonial Secretary was read :

I return to the clerk the notes of the evidence which I gave before your Committee last week. I have taken the liberty to add a few statements in further explanation of some of the matters dealt with, but I have kept within the lines described during my examination as those beyond which the Committee would not go in its inquiry. While I felt bound by the decision of the Committee to so confine my evidence, I wish to uigo that it is impossible for a jyone, while coufimng his consideration to evidence within such limits, to arrive at a proper conclusion upon the matters involved. I understood that I was prevented from going into tho following matters, namely : —(1) The validity of the judgment. _ (2) The necedents which have been established to justify the Executive in taking action (a) to review the decision in certain cases brought before it: (b) in making inquiries from a judicial officer in regard to a matter decided by him. In this there would be involved the nature of the inquiries to be made (c) in calling upon a judicial officer to explain his conduct or his relation to suitors. There are other questions, too, of almost as great importance, which the ruling prevented mo from going into, but I will not at present trouble you with this recital. It will be seen that there are three parties involved in the inquiry. These are tho Judge, Mr Christie, and the Government, The Judge and the witnesses suggested by him have been c lied, while Mr Christie has been afforded no opportunity of being heard, and I have practioa'ly only been permitted to answer statements made in the evidence of others affecting myself, and that only partially. I may mention that I had some difficulty in making up my mind whether, for reasons which I need not here mention, I ought not to give evidencel before the Committee, until I was assured that the Committee intended to follow the order of reference to make an exhaustive inquiry into the whole of the facts. I submit that the inquiry cannot be exhaustive unless the matters to which I have referred form a part of it. 2.30 p.m.

I anticipate that as a result of the WardHislop Committee’s report the Colonial Secretary will tender his resignation, 3 P.M. I have it on good authority that Mr Hislop has tendered his resignation to the Premier. The reason he gives is that he does not wish to embarrass the Government, and be wishes to have a free hand in dealing with Judge Ward. He considers that his hands have hitherto been tied.

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THE WARD-HISLOP INCIDENT, Issue 8002, 3 September 1889

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THE WARD-HISLOP INCIDENT Issue 8002, 3 September 1889

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