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PROHIBITIONISTS AS MAGISTRATES.

[Per Press Association.—Copyright.]

MELBOURNE, September 18. In the appeal recently lodged against the conviction of a, hotolkeeper for selling on Sunday, on the ground that' Mr Lornier, J.P., who formed one of the Bench, had persisted in adjudicating in spite of a protest that he was biased in the temperance interests, the Pull Court uphold the appeal, and ordered the case to bo reheard.

The Chief Justice, in delivering judgment, after referring to the finding of the Board appointed some time ago to inquire into charges against certain honorary magistrates, said, that if the objection were taken, where there was tangible ground - for suspicion the" duty of the magistrate objected to • was to retifo~aT once. The Court thought that there could not be a moment's doubt aa to .the impropriety of Mr LornieiV presence Sri this case. Furthermore, in the face of the findings of the Eoard .and .. Mr Lormer's attitude in-various matters, fairminded persons might come to the just suspicion that Mr Lormei* was biased, and such a suspicion made his presence illegal.

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PROHIBITIONISTS AS MAGISTRATES., Issue 10423, 18 September 1897

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PROHIBITIONISTS AS MAGISTRATES. Issue 10423, 18 September 1897

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