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habitants, and that it was kept in repair by them, and was then so: and in several parts of the act the roads were described as leading from, to, and through, particular towns; but when it mentioned the town in question, it only said, to and from the town, omitting
the word “through.” (n) Commissioners The commissioners appointed by the 6 Geo. 3. c. 78. (an act for upder an inclo- 1:..: Xince and inclosing sure act not
o dividing and inclosing certain lands in the parish of Cottingham) empowered to which enacted, that the public roads to be set out by them should throw the re- be repaired in such manner as other public roads are by law to be pair of private
repaired, and that the private roads should be repaired by suck parish.
person or persons as they should award, have no power to impose on the parish at large the burden of repairing any of the private
roads set out in pursuance of the act. (0) Award under Upon an indictment against the parish of Haslingfield, for not an inclosure repairing a highway, an award made by commissioners under an act rejected as evidence of
48 inclosure act, which awarded the highway to be in a different locality of a parish, was holden not to be admissible evidence for the defendants, highway, the without shewing that the commissioners had given notices which usage not hay- + ing been pur
od the act required to be given previously to the boundaries having suant to it, nor been ascertained by them; it appearing that the usage had not the proper no- been pursuant to the award; the defendants having since the tices proved.
award, as well as before, repaired the highway. The learned Judge who tried this case reported that he should have had no difficulty in admitting the award, and, if the usage had been pursuant to it, presuming that the proper notices had been given. (p) :
We may now shortly consider the modes of proceeding by which persons - guilty of these nuisances to highways may be
Nuisances or annoyances to highways, whether positive, in the against parties nature of actual obstructions, or negative, by the defect of proper guilty of nuisances in high
reparations, may be made the subject of indictment, which is the ways by indict. more usual course of proceeding. And the 13 Geo. 3. c. 78. s. 24.
enacts that “every justice of assize, justices of the counties palament, or information.
66 tine of Chester, Lancaster, and Durham, and of the great ses“ sions in Wales, shall have authority by this statute, upon his “ or their own view, and every justice of the peace, either upon « his own view or upon information upon oath to him given by 6 any surveyor of the highways, to make presentment at their re“ spective assizes, or great sessions, or in the open general quar“ ter sessions, of such respective limit of any highway, causeway, “ or bridge, not well and sufficiently repaired and amended, or of
“ any other default or offence committed and done contrary to the Presentment " provision and intent of this statute; and that all defects in the to be in the jurisdiction
« repair thereof shall be presented in such jurisdiction where thes where the nui. “ same do lie, and not elsewhere ; and that no such presentment, sance is. And “ nor any indictment for any such default or offence, shall be no presentment co nome
“ removed by certiorari, or otherwise, out of such jurisdiction, or indictment to be removed « till such indictment or presentment be traversed, and judgment by certiorari.
(n) Hammond v. Brewer, 1 Burr. R. tingham, 6 T.R. 20.!. 376. and see Rex v. Gamlingay, post, (p) Rex v. the Inhabitants of Has 330. and Rex v. Harrow, 4 Burf. 2091, lingfield, 2 M. and S. 558.
(0) Rex v. the Inhabitants of Cots,
“thereupon given, except where the duty or obligation of repairai “ing the said highways, causeways, or bridges, may come in “ question ; and that every such presentment made by any sucht “justice of assize, counties palatine, great sessions, or of the “ peace, upon his own view, or upon such information having “ been given to such justice of the peace upon the oath of such an zen, “surveyor of the highways as aforesaid, shall be as good, and of : *** “ the same force, strength, and effect in the law, as if the same nowoGE" : “had been presented and found by the oaths of twelve men ; and Fines may be “ that for every such default or offence so presented as aforesaid, “the justices of assize, counties palatine, and great sessions, at ment. “ their respective courts, and the justices of the peace at their « “ general quarter sessions, shall have authority to assess such fines. “as to them shall be thought meet : saving to every person and Right of tra: “persons that shall be affected by any such presentment, his, her, case of presert
verse saved in " or their lawful traverse to the same presentment, as well with ment.is “ respect to the fact of non-repair as to the duty or obligation of s ome “ repairing the said highways, as they might have had upon any “indictment of the same presented and found by a grand jury ; er is, “and the justices of the peace, at their general quarter sessions, Expenses of, “or the major part of them, may, if they see just cause, direct pr
upon such pre“the prosecutions upon such presentments as shall be made at sentments. “ the quarter sessions as aforesaid to be carried on at the general “ expense of such limit, and to be paid out of the general rates “ within the same.”
Another mode of proceeding is by information, which may be Information. granted by the Court of King's Bench at their discretion. But, they will not grant an information to compel a parish to repair a highway which is not much used; and when it appears that another highway, equally convenient to the public, is in good repair. And indeed they never give leave to file an information for not repairing a highway, unless it appear that the grand jury have been guilty of gross misbehaviour in not finding a bill; and they refuse it for this reason, that the fine set on conviction upon an information cannot be expended in the repair of the highway, whereas on an indictment it is always so expended. (9) Though it is often stated in indictments or presentments for of the form of
can indictment nuisances to highways, that “from time whereof the memory of a
We memory of or present“ man is not to the contrary," or, “ from time immemorial,” ment.(r) there was and is a common and ancient king's highway, yet it is not necessary to do so ; for it is sufficient to state in a compendious manner that it is a highway.(s) And though it is usual to state the termini of the highway, it is said not to be necessary; on the ground that a public highway is intended to go through all the realm, and to lead from sea to sea.(b) But if the termini are i
() 3 Bac. Abr. Highways, (H). Rex the Cro. Circ. Comp. (8th ed.) 301. 6 v. the Inhabitants of Steyning, Say.92. Wentw. 405. 2 Stark. 664. 3 Chit. Cr...
in It is not within the scope of this L. 576, 607, and the notes to Rex v.. Work to treat particularly of ihe forms Stougbton, 2 Saund. 157, et seq. of the pleadings, though some of the 's (8) Aspindall v. Brown, 3 T. R. 265. prominent points concerning them are (b) Rex o. Hammond, Str. 44. 10* occasionally mentioned. For indict- Mod. 382. Halsell's case, Noy 90. ments, pleas, &c. relaling to nuisances Latch. 183. Rex v. Neale, 3 Keb. 89. to highways the reader is referred to Rouse v. Bardin, 1 H. Blac. 351.: but
stated, it seems they must be substantially proved, aceording to the statement:(c) and the road must in general, (if described at all,) be described correctly. Thus, where a highway leading from A. to C., not passing through B., though communicating with it by means of a cross road, was described as a road leading from A. to B. and from thence to C., the variance was held to be fatal. (d) The highway must be alleged in the presentment or indictment to lie in the parish indicted, otherwise such parish is not bound to repair it; and if it be not so alleged, the indictment or presentment is erroneous, and judgment will be reversed. (t) Nor will it cure the objection, that the part which is out of repair is expressly stated to be in the parish indicted, if such part be represented as part of the road before described. Thus, where an indictment against the parish of Gamlingay stated that there was a highway leading from the parish of Hartley St. George towards and unto the parish of Gamlingay, and that a certain part of the said highway situate in the said parish of Gamlingay was out of repair, it was moved in arrest of judgment that no part of the road, as described, lay in Gamlingay, and the Court held the objection fatal.(e) Where the indictment is against a particular person, charging him with the repair of a highway in respect of certain lands, it seems that the occupier, and not the owner, is the proper person against whom the indictment should be brought ; on the ground that the public have no means of knowing who is the owner of the lands charged with the repair : and it does not seem to be material what estate the occupier has in the lands liable. (u) The averment of obligation to repair, in an indictment against a person for not repairing by reason of tenure, will, it seems, be sufficient, if it state that the defendant ought to repair by reason of the tenure of his lands, without adding that those who held the lands for the time being have immemorially repaired; a prescription being implied in the estate of inheritance in the land. (w). But it is not sufficient to state that the party is chargeable by being owner and proprietor of the property subject to the charge.(i) But an indictment against a particular part of a parish, such as a district, township, division, or the like, for not repairing a highway in the parish, stating that the inhabitants of the district from time immemorial ought to repair and amend it, is erroneous ; it should state that the inhabitants of such district from time whereof, &c. have used and been accustomed, and of right ought to repair and amend it: for the inhabitants of a particular division of a parish, not being bound to repair by common law, and their obligation arising necesarily only from custom or prescription, the indictment ought to shew such custom, prescription, or reason, of their obligation.(x) So it has been decided that a presentment uuder see Lord Loughborough's judgment, 356, Lord Loughborough's judgment. whio differed.
(*u) Reg. v. Watts, 1 Salk. 351. Reg. (c) Rouse v. Bardin, 1 1. Blae. 351. v. Bucknell, 7 Mod. 55.
id) Rex v. Great Canfield, cor. El- (w) Rex v. Stoughton, 2 Saund. 158 Jenborough, C. J. 6 Esp. C. 136. d. pote (9). I Chit. C. L. 475, et seq.
(t) Rex v. Hartford, Cowp. Ill. () Rex v. Kerrison, 1 M. & S. 435.
le) Rex v. Gamaliogay, 3 T. R. 513. (c) Ante, note (w). Rex v. BroughAnd see Hammond v. Brewer, ante, ton, 5 Burr. 2700. Freem. 522. Rex v. 398., and Rouse v. Bardin, 1 H. Blac. Stoughton. R. v. Sheffield, 2 T. R 111.
the statute 13 Geo. 3. c. 78. 8. 24. against a smaller district than a parish, must state expressly how the inhabitants thereof are liable to the repair of the roads, or that they have been liable immemorially. (y) We have seen that a material variance from the description of the road in the indictment will be fatal: so that a highway leading from A. to B., and communicating with C. by a cross road, cannot be described as a highway leading from A. to C., and from thence to B.(x) In every indictment against a parish for not repairing a highway, there are three essential averments : the first, that the road is a highway; the second, that it is out of repair; and the third, that it is situated in the parish.(a) A presentment for a nuisance in a highway must conclude-against the form of the statute.(m)
Where a person who is bound ratione tenure, to repair a highway lives out of the county in which such highway is situate, he may nevertheless be indicted in such county for not repairing it.(n)
It was ruled in a late case, that if the description of a highway of the defence in an indictment for the non-repair of it be too indefinite, being under the gene
ral issue, and equally applicable to several highways, advantage should be taken
of the necessiby plea in abatement; and that the description given, if true in ty for a special fact, cannot be objected to at the trial under the plea of the ge- plea. neral issue.()
Where an indictment or presentment is against the inhabitants of a parish at large, who, as it has been seen, are bound of common right to repair all the highways lying within it, they may upon the general issue, not guilty, shew that the highway is in repair, or that it is not a highway, or that it does not lie within the parish; for all these are facts which the prosecutor must allege in his indictment, and prove on the plea of not guilty.(c) But it is settled that they cannot, upon the general issue, throw .. the burthen of repairing on particular persons, by prescription, or otherwise ; but must set forth their discharge in a special plea. (d) This rule, however, was recently held not to apply to a case where the burthen of repairing was transferred from the inhabitants of a parish to other persons by a public act of parliament, to which all are supposed to be privy, and of which all are supposed to have cognizance.(e) Where a person is charged with the repairs of a highway or bridge, against common right, he may discharge himself upon not guilty to the indictment: and therefore where a particular division of a parish is charged with the repair by prescription, or a particular person by reason of tenure or the like, which are obligations against the common law, they may throw the burthen either on the parish, or even on an individual on the general issue. And the reason seems to be, because upon this
(3) Rex v. Penderryn, 2 T. R. 513. Rep. 357. Rex o. Marton, Andr. 276.
c) Rex v. the Inbabitants of Nor(2) Rex v. Great Canfield, 6 Esp. wich, 1 Str. 181, et sequ. Rex u. 136. ante note (d).
Stoughton, 2 Saund. 158, note (3). (a) 2 Stark. Crim. Plead. 667, note (d) Rex v. St. Andrews, 1 Mod. 112.
Anon. 1 Vent. 256. (m) Rex v. Winter, 13 East. 258. (e) Rex v. the Inhabitants of St in) Rex v, Clifton, 3 T. R. 502, 503. George, 3 Campb. 222. (b) Rex ». Hammersmith, 1 Stark.
was public achich all are the repaischarge
issue the prosecutor is bound to prove that the defendants are chargeable by tenure or prescription, and therefore the defendants may disprove it by opposite evidence : but if they will, though unnecessarily, plead the special matter, it is held not to be enough to say that they ought not to repair, but they must go further and shew who ought. (f) If a parish consisting of several townships be indicted for not repairing a road within it, a plea that each township has immemorially maintained its own roads must shew how much of the road indicted lies in one township, and how much in another; for it is considered that the parish must know the limits of each township, and is bound to shew with certainty the parties liable to repair every part of the highway indicted, and
in what right they are so liable.(a) Traverse of ob- If a person indicted for not repairing ratione tenure, or a townligation to re
ship, or other particular persons, indicted for not repairing by pre
scription, plead (though unnecessarily) to the indictment, and shew who ought to repair, as they must do, it is necessary to traverse their obligation to repair : but if a parish be indicted for not repairing a highway, or a county for not repairing a bridge, and they throw the charge upon another, they ought not to traverse their obligation to repair, for it is a traverse of matter of law; and such traverse, though very often inserted, is demurrable to, and therefore ought always to be omitted.(g) Where an indictment charged that the defendant ought to repair ratione tenure of certain lands inclosed and encroached by him out of the highway, a plea, traversing the obligation ratione tenure, was held good; on the ground that it professed to charge the defendant ratione tenuræ, and not by reason of the encroachment; and that
the obligation ratione tenure would continue, though the land is should be again thrown open to the highway, whereas the obliga
tion by reason of the encroachment would not.(x) Where a parish. Where any subdivision of a parish is liable to the repair of a is indicted, and i:.
Subdivision of highway, and the indictment is, notwithstanding, preferred against such parish is the whole parish, care should be taken to plead the liability of liable to the re- such subdivision ; for if judgment be given against the parish, pair, the parish must take care W!
are whether after verdict upon not guilty, or by default, the judgment to plead such will be conclusive evidence of the liability of the whole parish to liability. repair, unless fruud can be shewn.(h) Fraud, however, is only Evidence of put for example; for if the other districts can shew that they had former convic- P tion conclusive unless fraud,
Uf) Rex v. Yarnton, 1 sid. 140. inserted it. Supposing such traverse &c. be shewn. Rex v. Hornsey, Carth. 213. Rex v. to be necessary, it is sufficiently ex
City of Norwich, i Str. 180, et sequ. pressed by a plea concluding thus,
“charged with the repairing and a-
(f) Rex v. Stoughton, 2 Saund. 159 (3) Rex v. Stoughton, 2 Saund. 160. C., note (10). Bennet v. Filkins, 1 (h) Rex v. St. Pancras, Peake Rep. Saund. 23, note (5). In Rex v Eccles- 219. And in a case of a prescription field, 1 B. & A. 350, 351, J. Williams for a public right of way, a verdict arguend. denied that such traverse is against one defendant negativing such demurrable: and said that Rex v. Inha- a right, is evidence against another bitants of Glamorgan contained such defendant who justifies under the same a traverse, (2 East. 356, in notis,) and right. Read v. Jackson, 1 East. Rep. that the better precedents have always 355.