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A return has just been made by the House of Lords, of the condition of business transacted and pending in the court of divorce: the arrears are frightful. It was known that the constitution of the court was inadequate for its functions, and the remedy was easy of invention and application, but the government was indifferent to the practical and indispensable reform, and has done nothing therein,
In the affairs of party, and indeed of states, we take no part whatever, except in so far as they affect the interests of jurisprudence; and, above all, of the progress of improvement in our laws. Hence, we have no concern with the extraordinary position in which this and other countries are now placed by the dissolution arising from the so called reform measure of the Conservative government, or thie disastrous war policy pursued on the Continent. Men had not ceased to marvel at the Conservatives, the adversaries of reform, taking reform matter in hand, and raising, by the kind of measure propounded, a clamour upon the subject, which all the efforts of its most strenuous advocates had failed to excite by their uttermost efforts of agitation, when the French absolute government—the enemy of all popular movement-the denouncer even of moderate constitutional policyproclaimed its adhesion to the cause of revolution in Italy.
As was observed in jest—but the proverb says, that in jest many a true word is spoken—there seems so great a superabundance of liberty in France, that she can afford to export it. In the crisis which has arisen out of the false position both of the English and the French government, the interests of law amendment are so far concerned, that the cause of order at home and of peace abroad is the cause of legal improvement.
That the interests of law amendment are safe, whatever be the government established in this country, is to be hoped. We trust that no set of men, to whom the administration of our affairs can be intrusted, have it in their power to arrest the cause of improvement in our jurisprudence.
PRISON SYSTEMS, WE perceive, in a philanthropic journal of the temperance promoters, a laboured panegyric on Sic R. Jebb, who is described as the greatest philanthropist, and the successor of Howard. Captain Crofton is said to be, so far as he follows his plans, good in his way; but a mere secondary person. The truth is precisely the reverse; and the journal in which this ridiculous statement has been inserted, through the intervention of some ill-judging friend of Sir R. Jebb's, ought to have known better from the authoritative statements at the Social Science Congress at Liverpool, and their published transactions--a well-meaning work like the Meliora, injures itself by impairing its authority when it suffers parties so to practise on it.
APPOINTMENTS, &c. Sir Matthew Richard Sausse, late puisne judge of the Supreme Court of Bombay, has been promoted to the Chief-Justiceship of that Court, and Mr. (now Sir Joseph) Arnould of the Home Circuit, is appointed to the Puisne Judgeship vacated by such promotion.
Mr. A. F. Lutwyche has been appointed Attorney-General of New South Wales, in the room of Mr. J. Martin, retired.
Mr. W. F. Higgins, barrister-at-law, and son-in-law of the Lord Chancellor, one of the Registrars of the Court of Bankruptcy, was appointed to a Mastership in Lunacy, vacated by the retirement of Mr. Edward Winslow. Mr. Scott, private secretary to the Lord Chancellor, was appointed Registrar of the Court of Bankruptcy in the room of Mr. Higgins, and Mr. Charles Palmer Phillips of the Equity bar was appointed to the post vacated by Mr. Scott. In consequence, it is said, of some observations made in the House of Commons relative to the appointment of Mr. Higgins, and of the discontent of the political clubs attached to the interests of the Conservative government, and to those of their own office-wanting members, Mr. Higgins was led to tender his resignation, which was accepted, and Mr. Samuel Warren, Q.C., M.P., &c. &c. (upon the unpalateable condition of resigning his seat in parliament), was appointed to the Mastership in Lunacy. Mr. Higgins and Mr. Scott resumed their duties as Registrar and Private Secretary respectively, and Mr. Phillips retired altogether from office. The Chancellor of the Exchequer stated in the House, that the Lord Chancellor had informed him that Mr. Higgins would not have been appointed to the office in question, had not the noble and learned lord been thoroughly convinced of his competency to fulfil its duties. On a subsequent day, Mr. Samuel Warren gave the House to understand that the mastership had not been sought by him ; but on account of his peculiar fitness for the office it had been offered to him spontaneously by the Lord Chancellor. It is evident, therefore, that Mr. Higgins and Mr. Samuel Warren are equally wellfitted for the post in question; and under these circumstances we must lament that Mr. Higgins should have been deprived of a valuable appointment, and that Mr. Samuel Warren's parliamentary talents should be lost to his party and the country.
Mr. G. H. Cary, of the Chancery Bar, and late pupil of the SolicitorGeneral, has been appointed Attorney-General of British Columbia.
Mr. Unthank, of the Northern Circuit, has been appointed Master of the Court of Queen's Bench, in the room of Mr. Bunce, deceased.
The Recordership of Norwich, vacant by the death of Mr. Prendergast, Q.C., has been conferred on Mr. O'Malley, Q.C.
Mr. Caillard, Conveyancer and Equity Draftsman, has been appointed Judge of the County Courts of Bath and North Wilts (Circuit No. 52), in the room of Mr. J. G. Smith, deceased.
Mr. W. H. Adams, M.P., Recorder of Derby, has been appointed Attorney-General at Hong-Kong.
SCOTLAND. To Charles Baillie, Esq., Lord-Advocate, has been granted the place of one of the Lords of the Session, in the room of Lord Murray, deceased ; and David Mure, Esq., Solicitor-General for Scotland, has been appointed Lord-Advocate.
IRELAND. Mr. John George has been appointed Solicitor-General ; Mr. W. C. Dobbs, Q.C., has been appointed a Judge of the Landed Estates Court; and on Mr. A. Vauce, has been conferred the office of LawAdviser of the Crown.
PHILLIPS, Charles, Esq., one of the Commissioners of her
Majesty's Court for Relief of Insolvent Debtors. 4th. BURTON, T. S., Esq., Solicitor. 5th. ANDERSON, R. H., Esq., Solicitor, aged 61. 5th. PATRICK, Charles, Esq., Solicitor. 9th. GRIFFITHS, William, Esq., Solicitor. 11th. RUSHWORTH, G. A., Esq., Solicitor, aged 55. 16th. DARNBOROUGH, Thomas, Esq., Solicitor, aged 67. 19th. HASTIE, James, Esq., Record Solicitor, aged 58. 21st. PRITCHARD, William, Esq., Proctor and Solicitor, aged 67. 22nd. BAKER, William, Esq., Coroner for the Eastern Division of the
County of Middlesex, aged 77. 24th. CLARKSON, W. G., Esq., Proctor and Notary, aged 66. 24th. PRITCHARD, Edward, Esq., Solicitor, aged 59. 25th. SMEDLEY, Francis, Esq., High Bailiff of Westminster, aged 67. 26th. PILKINGTON, Henry, Esq., Barrister, aged 72. 27th. BRODERIP, William John, Esq., F.R.S., one of the Benchers of
the Hon. Society of Gray's Inn, and formerly a Magistrate of the Westminster Police Court, aged 71.
9th. Sir Anthony Oliphant, C.B., late Chief Justice in the Island
of Ceylon, aged 65. 11th. DARVALL, Joseph, Esq., Solicitor, aged 69. 18th. Goose, John, Esq., Solicitor, aged 50. 19th. The Earl of Devon, aged 82. He was called to the Bar in
1799, and for a short time was a Master in Chancery, and subsequently Clerk-Assistant to the Parlianients, which
office he held until he succeeded to the Peerage in 1835. 20th. PRENDERGAST, Michael, Esq., Q.C., Recorder of Norwich, and
Judge of the Sheriff's Court, London,
23rd. M'DUFF, Charles, Esq., Solicitor, aged 59. 24th, Sir John Lewes Pedder, Knight, late Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court, Van Diemen's Land. 26th. SMITH, J. G., Esq., Judge of the County Courts of Bath and
North Wilts, aged 72. 26th. WRIGHT, J. E., Esq., Solicitor. 31st. WENTWORTH, W. C., jun., Esq., Barrister, aged 30.
DOBREE, J. S., Esq., one of the Jurats of the Royal Court of
April. 3rd. Roscoe, Thomas, Esq., Solicitor 6th. POWELL, Samuel, Esq., Solicitor, aged 81. &th. BOODLE, John, Esq., Conveyancer, aged 82. 12th. GRIFFIN, Nathaniel, Esq., aged 56. 13th. SANDERS, R. B., Esq., Solicitor, aged 60.
List of New Publications.
Archbold–The Consolidated and other Orders of the Poor-Law Commissioners and of the Poor-Law Board, with Introduction, Explanatory Notes, and Index. By J. F. Archbold, Esq., Barrister. The Statistical Portion by A. C. Banke, of the Poor-Law Board. 12mo, 9s. cloth.
Archbolds-Pleading and Evidence in Criminal Cases, with the Statutes precedent of Indictments, &c., and the Evidence necessary to support them. By J. Jervis, Esq., Barrister. Fourteenth edition, including the Practice in Criminal Proceedings generally. By W. N. Welsby, Esq., Barrister. Royal 12mo, 24s. cloth.
Bristowe-Private Bill Legislation ; comprising the steps required to be taken by Promoters or Opponents of a Private Bill before and after its Presentation to Parliament, and the Standing Orders of both Houses; with Notes shewing their original subsequent Alterations to the Present Time. By S. B. Bristowe, Esq., Barrister. 12mo, 6s. cloth.
Cabinet Lawyer-A Popular Digest of the Laws of England, a Dictionary of Law Terms, Maxims, Statutes, and Judicial Antiquities, Tables of Assessed Taxes, Extra Licences, and Stamp Duties, &c. &c. Eighteenth Edition, extended and revised. 1200, 10s. 6d. cloth.
Cox—The Law and Practice of Registration and Elections; comprising the Registration of Electors Act, the Reform Act, and the Recent Statutes, with the Decisions in Common Pleas on Appeals, to the Present Time. Instructions for the Management of Elections in Counties, Cities, and Boroughs; and for the Management of Rtyistration, Instructions to Returning Officers, Forms, &c. By E. W. Cox, Esq, Barrister. Eighth Edition. 12mo, 12s. cloth.
Evans-Costs in Actions not value £20 in Contract, and not above £5 in Tort, in the Superior Courts : or how and when to obtain a Certificate, Rule, Order, or Suggestion for Costs : with Forms of Affidavits, &c. By J. Evans, Attorney. 12mo, 4s. cloth.
Glen-The Consolidated and other Orders of the Poor-Law Commissioners and the Poor-Law Board, together with the General Orders relating to Poor-Law Accounts; the Statutes relating to the Orders, Audit of Accounts, Appeals, and the payment of Parish Debts : with Explanatory Notes, elucidating the Orders and the Decisions thereon : Tables of Statutes, Cases, and Index. By W. C. Glen, Esq., Barrister. Fourth Edition. 12mo, 12s. cloth.
Hudson-Plain Directions for making Wills, in conformity with the Law, and particularly with reference to Recent Acts. By J. C. Hudson, of the Legacy Duty Office. A New Edition. 12mo, 2s. 6d. cloth.
Lees—The Laws of the Customs, with the Tariff or Customs Table, and Customs Forms; and an Appendix, containing the Acts, and Rules, and Orders of the Commissioners. By J. Lees. Post 8vo, 5s. cloth.
Lewis—The Election Manual for England and Wales; being a plain and practical Key to the existing Laws affecting Elections and Election Matters; with the Text of the principal Matters, Notes, Forms, and Precedents. By C. E. Lewis, Solicitor. 12mo, 5s. boards.
Pritchard—A Hand-Book on the Law of Marriage and Divorce, containing a Digest of all the Acts of Parliament relating thereto; including the New Divorce Acts and Legitimacy Declaration Act, of Proceedings in the House of Lords on Private Divorce Bills, and of the Reprinted Cases, together with Precedents and Bills of Costs. By R. A. Pritchard, Esq., Barrister, and W. T. Pritchard, Froctor. Royal 8vo, 15s. cloth.
Rogers-Law and Practice of Elections, Election Committees, and Registrations ; with an Appendix of Statutes and Forms. By F. N. Rogers, and F. J. P. Wolferstan, Esqs, Barristers. Ninth Edition. 12mo, 30s. cloth.
Sharkey-A Hand-Book of the Law and Practice of Election Committees, with a full Selection of Statutes, Cases, and Precedents. Ву J. B. Sharkey, Paliamentary Agent. 12mo, 5s, boards.
Williams-Principles of the Law of Real Property, intended as a First Book for the use of Students in Conveyancing. By J. Williams, Esq., Barrister. Fifth Edition. 8vo, 18s. cloth.