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greatly short of the fees received before the alteration, whilst previously to this change they were continually augmenting.” -Times, 20th Feb. 1844.

If this statement, reported to have been made by the Lord Chancellor, is correct, the business of the Court must have greatly decreased, partly in consequence of the New Tariff of Fees; and to an extent which must surprise the profession. The new Fees are, as stated, in many instances, double the amount of those under the old system, and in other charges higher than formerly ; and yet the gross receipts appear, from Lord LYNDHURST's declaration, to be less! The cost of a Suit to the individual Suitor is increased, but the business of the Court falling off, the reduced gross receipt of the Suitors' Fee Fund is fallaciously put forward as a justification of the Compensation Act. Such is the advantage taken of Parliament. Was there ever a more solemn case for Legislative inquiry and remedy than the pending motion of Mr. Watson, for a “ Select “ Committee, to inquire into the Orders for “ Compensation made by the Lord Chancellor to " the persons filling the offices of Clerk of the “ Enrolments, Comptrollers of the Hanaper, “ Riding Clerk, Six Clerks, Sworn Clerks, “ Waiting Clerks, Agent or Record Keeper in

the Court of Chancery, under the. Act 5 and 6 “ Vic.c. 103, and to inquire into the nature, duties, " and emoluments of those Offices before the “ passing of that Act, and their right to Compen. "sation (and, if any, to what amount,) during " their life, and for seven years after the death of “such persons; and to inquire into the Taxation “ of Suitors in Courts of Law and Equity, and “ the application of monies raised thereby, and “ THE PROPRIETY OF CONTINUING THE SAME.”

APPENDIX.

LORD CHANCELI.OR.-Friday the 30th day of June, in the 7th

year of the Reign of Her Majesty Mr. Johnson (seal) Queen Victoria, 1843; in the Matter of

the Suitors of the High Court of Chan

cery. WHEREAs by an Act passed in the 5th and 6th years of the reign of Her present Majesty, intituled, “ An Act for Abolishing certain Offices of the High Court of Chancery in England, it was amongst other things enacted, that from and after the 28th day of October then next after the passing of the said Act, the following offices of this Court namely, the offices of Clerks of the Enrolments and the Deputies of such Clerks, Comptroller of the Hanaper, Six Clerks, Sworn Clerks, and Waiting Clerks, except as therein mentioned, should be and the same were thereby abolished. And it was further enacted, that it should be lawful for every person who should, at the passing of the said Act, be a Clerk of the Enrolments, Deputy of such Clerk, Comptroller of the Hanaper, Riding Clerk, Six Clerk, Sworn Clerk, Waiting Clerk, Agent, or Record Keeper, and whose office or employment should be abolished or affected by the said Act, to make a claim for compensation within 12 calendar months after the passing of the said Act, to his Lordship, who should proceed, in such manner and upon such average as he might think proper, to enquire what compensation ought to be made to any such claimant, and what were the fees and emoluments in respect of which the same should be allowed ; and in every case in which such claim should be established to the satisfaction of his Lordship, he was thereby authorized and empowered to determine by an order the amount of the annual compensation which should seem to him to be just and reasonable for the loss sustained by such claimant, being, in the case of a Clerk of the Enrolments or Deputy as aforesaid, or Comptroller of the Hanaper, Riding Clerk, Six

Clerk, Sworn Clerk, or Waiting Clerk, not less than threefourths nor more than the whole, and in the case of an Agent or Recordkeeper not less than two-thirds nor more than the whole of the sum which should be determined by his Lordship to be the pet annual value of such fees and emoluments; Provided always, that no other period should be fixed for any such average as aforesaid than three years, expiring on any day between the passing of the said Act and the lst day of November then next, or some portion of such three years; and that, for the purpose of taking any average in the case of a Sworn Clerk or Waiting Clerk, the fees and emoluments of any business previous to the acquisition of any such business by any Sworn Clerk or Waiting Clerk, claiming compensation in respect thereof, should be deemed to have been the fees and emoluments of such Sworn Clerk or Waiting Clerk; provided further, that no average should be taken or compensation awarded in respect of any business which should be acquired after the passing of the said Act. And it was further enacted that all salaries, compensation, allowances on account of compensation, and retiring allowances under the said Act should grow due from day to day, but should be payable on the 3d day of February, the 3d day of May, the 3d day of August, and the 3d day of November in every year, or on such other days as the Lord Chancellor should from time to time by any order direct, and should be paid to the parties entitled thereto, or their respective executors or administrators, out of the fund standing in the name of the Accountant-general of this Court, entitled “The Suitors' Fee Fund Account.” And whereas John Bentall, Thomas Hall Plumer, and Lancelot Baugh Allen, esquires, being the three Clerks of the Petty Bag, as Clerks of Enrolments; Francis Vesey, Edward Vernon Utterson, William Turton, the said Lancelot Baugh Allen, and Henry Gawler, esquires, as Six Clerks; and John Mitford, esquire, as Deputy clerk of Enrolments, have respectively presented claims to his Lordship for compensation for the loss of the fees and emoluments of their respective offices ; whereby it appears that the average amount of fees and emoluments of the said John Bentall, Thomas Hall Plumer, and Lancelot Baugh Allen, as Clerks of Enrolments as aforesaid, upon an

average of three years amounted to the sum of 5481. 6s. 8d. per annum each ; of the said Francis Vesey, Edward Vernon Utterson, William Turton, Lancelot Baugh Allen, and Henry Gawler, as Six Clerks as aforesaid amounted to the sum of 2,1031. 18s. per annum each; and the said John Mitford, as Deputy-Clerk of Enrolments, to the sum of 9431. 1ls. 6d. per annum. Now such claims having been established to the satisfaction of the Lord Chancellor, his Lordship doth order and determine that the said John Bentall, Thomas Hall Flumer, and Lancelot Baugh Allen, as Clerks of Enrolments, as aforesaid, are entitled to receive and to be paid the yearly sum of 4111. 58.; the said Francis Vesey, Edward Utterson, William Turton, Lancelot Baugh Allen, and Henry Gawler, as Six Clerks, the yearly sum of 1,5771. 18s. 6d. each ; and the said John Mitford, as Deputy Clerk of the Enrolments, the yearly sum of 7071. 13s. 7d., for compensation for the loss of their respective offices as aforesaid, being three-fourths of the amount of the fees and emoluments of their respective offices, upon an average of three years. And there is now due and owing to the said John Bentall, Thomas Hall Plumer, and Lancelot Baugh Allen, as Clerks of Enrolments as aforesaid, the sum of 2111. 4s. 3d. each ; to the said Francis Vesey, Edward Vernon Utterson, William Turton and Lancelot Baugh Allen, as Six Clerks, the sum of 8101. 8s. each ; and to the said John Mitford, as Deputy-Clerk of Enrolments the sum of 3631. 9s. 1d., being the proportionate part of their respective compensations, at the rate aforesaid, which accrued from the said 28th day of October 1842, to the 3d day of May last, both days exclusive, and the said several persons will be entitled to receive the future quarterly payments of their said respective compensations, the first quarterly payment thereof to be made on the third day of August next. And his Lordship doth order, that out of any cash which may at any time be remaining in the Bank to the credit of the said account, entitled “ The Suitors' Fee Fund Account,” but subject and without prejudice to the payment of all salaries and sums of money, which by any Act or Acts in force at the passing of the said recited Act, were authorized to be paid thereout, tbere be paid by the Governor and Com. pany of the Bank of England, to the said John Bentall, Thomas

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