Excerpt from The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art, 1900, Vol. 88
As the Prevention of Corruption Bill leaves the House of Lords the original form of it has not been very much altered and the alterations have the effect of somewhat modifying its stringency. The preamble reciting the corruption of our age, which the Lord Chancellor mildly deprecated, has disappeared he moreover being of opinion, as was also Lord Russell himself, that pre ambles in Acts of Parliament are antiquated and, less than useful, sometimes mischievous. A new clause repairs the curious drafting which declared giving secret advice for the benefit of a third person for reward a corrupt action yet without making it an offence. Punish ment of first offenders may now be postponed in suit able cases and release ordered on recognisance until they may be called to come up for judgment. But the most important change is that prosecutions are not to be begun without the leave of a judge of the High Court, or the attorney-general, ' or a judge of a county court with bankruptcy jurisdiction. Some restriction was desirable, and this seems a reasonable safeguard against frivolous or malicious proceedings.
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