The Development of the Nominating Convention in Rhode Island Volume 1-10

The Development of the Nominating Convention in Rhode Island Volume 1-10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...of Rhode Island," Boston, November 27, 1699, in Rhode Island Colonial Records, III, p. 385, and Governor Cranston"s letter to the Board of Trade, December 5, 1708, in Rhode Island Colonial Records, IV, p. 56. ' Public Laws of Rhode Island, Digest of 1719, p. 17. During the period of Governor Andros's administration of New England affairs, the judicial system of Rhode Island was modified to meet the altered political conditions. As in the case of the other colonies constituting the colony of New England, appeals from the courts of Rhode Island lay, in civil causes, to the governor and council, and from that tribunal to the King in council.' On the resumption of the charter in 1690, the judicial system in vogue previous to 1686 was reestablished.' An important change in the judicial system occurred in 1729, when the colony was divided into three counties, Newport, Providence, and Kings, and a criminal and a civil court established for each county. The criminal courts were designated as courts of general sessions of the peace, and consisted of the justices of the peace in each county, any five of them being a quorum. These courts had "original jurisdiction, subject to appeal to the higher court, of all crimes not capital, and appellate jurisdiction of all such petty offenses as were triable by justices of the peace." The civil courts were denominated courts of common pleas, and were each held by "four judi ' See Governor Andros's commission of 1686. 'Act of May, 1690. See Rhode Island Colonial Records, III, p. 268. cious and skillful persons," chosen by the general assembly from the counties in which they were to act. The jurisdiction of the courts extended, more

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  • Paperback | 140 pages
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236754980
  • 9781236754981