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bers of the Court of Quarter Session, which, without some such guide, can only be acquired from previous professional pursuits, or gradually obtained by laborious attention and long experience:

Early habits, as well at the Bar, as on the Bench, had not permitted the Author to discover the difficulties, with which those, who

have neither of these advantagés, have to strug- gle, before they are competent to take an ac

tive part in the business of a Session. In these
having been pointed out to him, with an ac-
companying request that he would turn his at-
tention to the removal of them, originated the
following effort; for the success of which he
is reasonably solicitous, as a matter of utility
to others; but without that anxiety which must
be the concomitant of a publication, on which
a writer hopes to found a reputation for him-

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? Of its qualities he does not consider it ne- cessary to say more, than that, having in con-templation principally the instruction of inexperienced Magistrates, its contents are on the whole, general and elementary, except in those instances where he found it impossible to be intelligible without descending to minute ex- amination, and technical illustration ;-but at the same time he hopes he may, without presumption, observe, that as all the common proceedings of a Court of Quarter Session are regularly and distinctly traced, from its commencement to its conclusion ;-and not only so indeed, but even to matters posterior to, but dependent upon, and flowing, as it were, out of it; even professional gentlemen, (at least in the early stages of their career) by interleaving it for the reception of precedents and memo. randa, may, make it, if they do not find it, a very useful auxiliary. Respecting the authorities cited, some brief explanation may perhaps be right. Generally speaking, the most recent decisions, where the subject under consideration was to be so illustrated, have been resorted to ; but that mode of selection has not been by any means the uniform or unvaried criterion ; for in very many instances, where the luminous determinations of earlier judges have remained


uncontroverted, or have been confirmed, the strongest or most apposite case, according to the judgment of the author, has been selected for the example, without reference to the point of time in which the authority was establishcd.

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