The New Zealand Jurist Reports Volume 3

The New Zealand Jurist Reports Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...profession and the public are concerned. The Chief J ustice--on whom the responsibility attaching to the proceedings of his Court must mainly rest--does not seem to have considered the effect upon the public mind which his inaction in this matter, when compared with his action in the commitment of-Mr. G. E. Barton for contempt, must necessarily produce. It is impossible for the public mind to understand the distinction which his Honour has drawn between the two cases. All that appears on the surface is, that in one case a senior member of the Bar was committed to gaol for one month, with every circumstance of indignity and bodily suffering that could attend such a sentence, because he persisted in standing up when ordered to sit down, and in checking the Court in what he considered a mis-statement of fact during the delivery of judgment. This was an offence of which few English Judges would have taken notice--which probably no other English Judge would have noticed in the same way. In the other case, two members of the Bar collusively brought before the Court a series of appeals, concealing the fact that the litigation between the parties had been settled, and occupying public time for many days with the consideration of trivial questions of law for no earthly purpose beyond their own amusement. This was an oifence of which no English Judge would have omitted to take very serious notice, and precisely for the reason that the offence involved, not u personal affront to the Judge, but a gross abuse of procedure. However, the Chief Justice, who was so remarkably prompt in dealing with Mr. Barton's alleged contempt' apparently sees no reason for interference in the matter, notwithstanding the prominence it has assumed through thecomments...show more

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  • Paperback | 412 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 730g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236563409
  • 9781236563408