A History of the County Court, 1846-1971 by Patrick Polden

By Patrick Polden

The 1st full-length account of the institution of the County court docket in England and Wales in 1846 and its paintings, via to its reconstruction in 1971. It lines its improvement from being principally a debt assortment organization to its a ways wider jurisdiction at the present time because the major discussion board for civil disputes. Drawing on quite a lot of assets, the writer describes its association and officials and discusses the jobs of attorneys and lay folks. Given the present controversy over entry to justice, it is a well timed new heritage.

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Pp. 6, 9. , p. 10. The Palace Court, however, gave exclusive audience to six attorneys and four counsel and, following damning criticism, was abolished in 1849: T. Mathew, The Mayor's Court, the Sheriffs' Courts and the Palace Court, Juridical Review 31 (1919), 139±51. Fifth Report, pp. 10±11. Quoted by the Commissioners on p. 11. The making of the new county courts 23 97 that, a suspicion. 98 Lay magistrates, it would seem, might safely be entrusted with an immense range of important functions but decisions about a 40s debt needed legal training.

All hopes of establishing a cheap jurisdiction must be given up',55 the assessor was given instead a power to order a new trial if the jury returned a verdict contrary to law or evidence. , p. 2. , p. 3. PP 1823 (386) IV, p. 1. , pp. 4±5. , vol. 65, cols. 1184±6. PP 1823 (386) IV, p. 5. Whereas in the rest of the country, county courts could hear cases above 40s only if the plaintiff obtained the writ Justicies from the King's Bench, in the Duchy it was available from the Chancery `at a much smaller expense'.

Like Mackintosh and Romilly before him, Althorp had already found that law reform was `a topic of no party interest, and leading to no political results';44 hence he could expect little support from his political associates. 45 Althorp presented his ®rst bill in March 1821. He proposed to revitalise the county courts by raising their jurisdiction to £15 and giving the sheriff an `assessor' with legal training. 48 The committee pronounced that `every witness . . agrees in stating, that no prudent tradesman ever thinks it for his interest to 43 44 45 46 48 Sir D.

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