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By Patrick Polden

The 1st full-length account of the institution of the County courtroom in England and Wales in 1846 and its paintings, via to its reconstruction in 1971. It lines its improvement from being principally a debt assortment organization to its a ways wider jurisdiction this present day because the major discussion board for civil disputes. Drawing on a variety of resources, the writer describes its association and officials and discusses the jobs of attorneys and lay folks. Given the present controversy over entry to justice, it is a well timed new heritage.

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They were to receive £1,500 plus up to £500 out of the fees, and would be assisted by registrars on £400 plus up to £300 from the fees. By the sheer ambition of his proposals Brougham had raised the stakes in the debate about local courts. Previous proposals would have taken a quantity of small business away from Westminster Hall and, in the case of Althorp's bills, would have created a cadre of junior provincial judges; but their impact on the legal profession and the administration of justice would have been trivial compared with what was now put forward.

The former Chief Justice Best, see LR 2 (1845), 168±76. , vol. 19, contents page. R. Stewart, Henry Brougham 1778±1868, pp. 285±302. D. Southgate, The Passing of the Whigs (London, 1965), pp. 63 ff. Measures included the Wills Act 1837, Small Tenements Recovery Act 1838, Metropolitan Police Act 1839 and several criminal law reform Acts of 1837. Petitions are in HCJ vols. 93, 94. For proposals and bills see LO 9 (1834±5), 401; LO 10 (1835), 1±117; LO 13 (1836±7), 273 (`all is rumour and conjecture'), and the summary in LO 17 (1838±9), 401.

12. g. , vol. 1, cols. , vol. 18, cols. 883±4). 101 Ibid. Fifth Report, p. 17. 24 A history of the county court, 1846±1971 personal claims up to £20, small legacies and ejectments relating to tenements with an annual value not above £20. About twenty judges were envisaged, chosen from barristers of ten years' standing, salaried and resident in their district and assisted by a registrar for each court. Court forms would be simple; all process would be served by the court; there would be no special pleading; and except where he wished to raise certain technical defences the defendant would need to hand in only a notice that he intended to defend.

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