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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—l note in your report of the proceedings in the House on this subject, the Premier explained that the Limitation of Solicitors Fees Bill was intended " to prevent solicitors from charging fees on judgment summonses," and that he meant " to make it criminal." Prodigious! The Government themselves "charge fees" on judgment summonses, yet they wish to debar solicitors from doing so. The Magistrate's Court fees on judgment summonses vary, in accordance with the amount claimed on the judgment, from 53 to 40s ; on subpeenas and service, 53 (in all cases); adjournment fee, Is to 5s ; warrant of committal, 3i to l~n ; order of discharge, 3s to 15i. Thus, if a defendant is sued for, say, £IOO, and judgment and judgment summons go by default, the Government fees would be

Would it not be advisable for the Premier to revise his own scale of fees, or, better still, charge none, when he might have something to complain of against solicitors ? It seems on a par with the Government legislating for eight hours work a day and yet debarring their own servants from the benefit thereof.—l am, etc., J. R. P. Stamper. Dunedin, October 16.

On summons On judgment On judgment summons On warrant of committal ... ... £0j ... 10s ... 30s 7s Total ... £z7s

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SOLICITORS' FEES., Issue 10447, 18 October 1897

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SOLICITORS' FEES. Issue 10447, 18 October 1897

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