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(4.) The amount of compensation awarded by the arbitrator shall not be communi

cated to the jury, but they shall be required to make an independent assessment of the amount of compensation to which the party claiming compensation is entitled.

Costs of Arbitration, (28.) The salary or remuneration, travelling and other expenses of the arbitrator, and all costs, charges, and expenses (if any) which may be incurred by the confirming authority in carrying the provisions of this Act into execution, shall be paid by the local authority; and the amount of such costs, charges, and expenses shall from time to time be certified by the confirming authority after first hearing any objections that may be made to the reasonableness of any such costs, charges, and expenses by or on behalf of the local authority; and every certificate of the said confirming authority certifying the amount of such costs, charges, and expenses shall be taken as proof in all proceedings at law of the amount of such respective costs, charges, and expenses, and the amount so certified shall be a debt due from the local authority to the Crown, and shall be recoverable in the same manner as the costs, charges, and expenses contained in any order of the confirming authority made under section six of this Act.

(29.) It shall be lawful for the arbitrator, where he thinks fit, upon the request of any party by whom any claim has been made before him, to certify the amount of the costs properly incurred by such party in relation to the arbitration, and the amount of the costs so certified shall be paid by the local authority; and if within seven days after demand the amount su certified be not paid to the party entitled to receive the same, such amount shall be recoverable as a debt from such local authority, with interest at the rate of five per cent. for any time during which the same remains unpaid after such seven days as aforesaid, but no such certificate shall be given where the arbitrator has awarded the same or a less sum than has been offered by the local authority in respect of such claim before the appointment of the arbitrator,

Miscellaneous. (30.) The arbitrator may call for the production of any documents in the possession or power of the local authority, or of any party making any claim under the provisions of this Act, which such arbitrator may think necessary for determining any question or matter to be determined by him under this Act, and may examine any such party and his witnesses, and the witnesses for the local authority, on oath, and administer the oaths necessary for that purpose.

(31.) If any arbitrator appointed in pursuance of this Act die, or refuse, decline, or become incapable to act, the confirming authority may appoint an arbitrator in his place, who shall have the same powers and authorities as the arbitrator first appointed ; and upon the appointment of any arbitrator in the place of an arbitrator dying, or refusing, declining, or becoming incapable to act, all the documents relating to the matter of the arbitration which were in the possession of such arbitrator shall be delivered to the arbitrator appointed in his place, and the local authority shall publish notice of such appointment in the Edinburgh Gazette.

(32.) All notices required by this schedule to be published shall be published in some one and the same newspapers circulating within the jurisdiction of the local Authority; and where no other form of service is prescribed, all notices required to be served or given by the local authority under this schedule, or otherwise, upon any persons interested in or entitled to sell lands, shall be served in manner in which notices of lands proposed to be taken compulsorily for the purpose of an improvement scheme are directed by this Act to be served upon owners or reputed owners, lessees or reputed lessees, and occupiers.



An Act to amend the Acts relating to the County Courts.

[2nd August 1875.] WHEREAS it is desirable to amend the Acts relating to the county

courts : Be it enacted by the Queen's inost Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as

follows: In respect of 1. In any action in a county court for a debt or liquidated inoney demand, certain de mands plaintiff

the plaintiff may, at his option, caused to be issued a summons in the ordinary may require form, or (upon filing an affidavit to the effect set forth in the form in defendant to give notice of Schedule (A.) to this Act) a summons in the form or to the effect given in intention to Schedule (B.) to this Act, and if such last-mentioned summons be issued it of judgment by shall be personally served on the defendant, and if the defendant shall not,

within sixteen days after service of the summons, inclusive of the day of service, give notice in writing, signed by himself or his attorney, to the registrar of the court from which the summons issued, of his intention to defend, the plaintiff may, after sixteen days and within two months from the day of service, upon proof of its service, or of an order for leave to proceed as if personal service had been effected, bave judgment entered up against the defendant for the amount of his claim and costs, such costs to be taxed by the registrar.

The order upon such judgment shall be for payment forth with, or at such time or times, and by such instalments, if any, as the plaintiff, or his attorney, shall in writing have consented to take at the time of the entry of the plaint or of the judgment.

Where the defendant shall have given notice of defence, the registrar shall, immediately upon the receipt of such notice, send a letter to the plaintiff or his attorney by post, stating therein that the defendant has given notice of his intention to defend, and shall send by post, to both plaintiff and defendant, notice of the day upon which he shall have fixed that the trial shall take place, at least six clear days before the day so fixed.

Where the defendant shall neglect to give such notice of defence, the judge or registrar shall, upon an affidavit disclosing a defence upon the merits, and satisfactorily explaining his neglect, let in the defendant to defend, upon such terms as he may think just.

Where personal service cannot be effected, and the judge or registrar is satisfied by affidavit that reasonable efforts have been made to effect such service, and either that the summons has come to the knowledge of the defendant, or that he wilfully evades service of the same, it shall be lawful for the judge or registrar to order that the plaintiff be at liberty to proceed as if personal service had been effected, subject to such conditions as to the judge or registrar may seem fit.

Provided always, that no other summons than a summons in the ordinary form shall, without leave of the judge or registrar, be issued where the amount claimed shall not exceed five pounds, unless the action is for the price, value, or hire of goods which, or some part of which, were sold and delivered or let


on hire to the defendant to be used or dealt with in the way of his trade, profession, or calling, and the leave of the judge or registrar shall be given in accordance with regulations to be prescribed by rules of court.

2. EITHER of the parties to an action or any other proceeding may obtain Summonses of the registrar of the court summonses to witnesses, with or without a clause requiring the production of books, deeds, papers, and writings in the possession or control of the person summoned as a witness; and such summonses, and any summonses which are now or may be required to be served personally, may, under such regulations as may be prescribed by rules of court, be served by a bailiff of the court or otherwise. 3. WHERE any summons or other process of the court is served by a bailiff Proof of service

of summonses of any county court, the service may be proved by endorsement on a copy of

by a bailiff. the summons or process under the band of such bailiff, showing the fact and mode of the service of such summons or process; and any such bailiff wilfully and corruptly endorsing any false statement on the copy of a summons or other process shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be removed from his office or employment, and shall incur the same penalties as are or may be incurred by persons convicted of wilful and corrupt perjury.

4. A JUDGE of county courts shall, whether within the district of any of Judge may do his courts or not, have jurisdiction to make any order, or exercise, on an within or with

certain things ex parte application, any authority or jurisdiction in any action or proceeding out his circuit. pending in any of the courts of which he is judge, which, if the same related to an action or proceeding pending in one of Her Majesty's superior courts, might be given, made, or exercised by a judge of such last-mentioned courts in chambers, and, with the consent of both parties to an action or proceeding, to hear and decide any matter at any place either within or without any such district.

5. In any action or proceeding it shall be lawful for the judge, if he think fit, Power to sumon the application of either party, to summon to his assistance, in such manner as may be prescribed by rules of court, one or more persons of skill and experience in the matter to which the action or proceeding relates, who may be willing to sit with the judge and act as assessors ; and their remuneration for so sitting shall be at such rate as may be prescribed by rules of court, and shall be costs in the cause or proceeding, unless otherwise ordered by the judge ; but where any person is proposed to be summoned as an assessor, objection to him, either personally or in respect of his qualification, may be taken by either party in manner to be prescribed by rules of court.

6. In any cause, suit, or proceeding, other than a proceeding in bankruptcy, Appeal within tried or heard in any county court, and in which any person aggrieved has a without stating

eight days right of appeal, it shall be lawful for any person aggrieved by the ruling, special case. order, direction, or decision of the judge, at any time within eight days after the same shall have been made or given, to appeal against such ruling, order, direction, or decision by motion to the court to which such appeal lies, instead of by special case, such motion to be ex parte in the first instance, and to be granted on such terms as to costs, security, or stay of proceedings as to the court to which such motion shall be made shall seem fit. And if the court to which such appeal lies be not then sitting, such motion may be made before any judge of a superior court sitting in chambers. And at the trial or hearing of any such cause, suit, or proceeding, the judge, at the request of either party,

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shall make a note of any question of law raised at such trial or hearing, and of the facts in evidence in relation thereto, and of his decision thereon, and of his decision of the cause, suit, or proceeding, and he shall, at the expense of any person or persons, being party or parties in any such cause, suit, or proceeding requiring the same for the purpose of appeal, furnish a copy of such note, or allow a copy to be taken of the same by or on behalf of such person or persons, and he shall sign such copy, and the copy so signed shall be

used and received on such motion and at the hearing of such appeal. Remuneration 7. The Treasury shall direct whether any and what remuneration shall be of officers under this and allowed to any person performing any duties under this Act, or under any other Acts. Act passed heretofore or to be passed, where by such Act no remuneration is

or shall be given for the performance of duties by officers of the courts; and such remuneration shall be paid out of the fees which the Treasury, with the

consent of the Lord Chancellor, is empowered by section seventy-nine of the 19 & 20 Vict. County Courts Act, 1856, to order to be taken on proceedings which were then

authorised or might thereafter be authorised to be taken in the county courts.

This section shall not apply to the City of London Court. Scale of costs 8. The judges of county courts appointed or to be appointed by the to be framed by the judges. Lord Chancellor from time to time to frame rules and orders for regulating

the practice of the courts and forms of proceeding therein under the thirtysecond section of the County Courts Act, 1856, shall be empowered to frame a scale of costs and charges to be paid to counsel and attorneys with respect to all proceedings which are now, or shall hereafter be, authorised to be taken in such courts, and from time to time to amend such scale ; and such scale or amended scale, certified under the hands of such judges, or any three or more of them, shall be submitted to the Lord Chancellor, who from time to time may allow or disallow or alter the same, and the scale or amended scale, so allowed or altered, shall, from a day to be named by the Lord Chancellor, be

in force in every county court. Registrar not

9. The appointment of a high bailiff of a county court as registrar of a to be high bailitf.

county court shall vacate the office of high bailiff held by such appointee. Appeals to 10. THERE shall be no appeal from a decree or order of the High Court of the Queen in Council in

Admiralty of England made on appeal from the county court when such Admiralty decree or order affirms the judgment of the county court, except by express

permission of the judge of the High Court of Admiralty. When upon an appeal the High Court of Admiralty alters the judgment of the county court

no leave to appeal to Her Majesty in Council shall be necessary. Assessors in 11. WHERE an Admiralty cause has been heard in the county court with Admiralty appeals.

the assistance of nautical assessors, elder brethren of the Trinity House shall be summoned to assist on the hearing of an appeal by the High Court of Admiralty if either party shall require the same, and the judge of the High Court shall be of opinion that the assistance of the elder brethren is necessary or desirable.

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13. This Act and the County Courts Act, 1846, and the several Acts altering or amending the same, shall be construed together as one Act, and this Act may be cited as the County Courts Act, 1875.

14. This Act shall come into operation on the second day of November next after the passing hereof.

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Affidavit. I, A.B., of, &c., make oath and say, that C.D., of [address, occupation, and description] is indebted to me in the sum of for

[add, where the action is brought for a demand not exceeding fire pounds, and I further say that the sold and delivered (or let on hire] to the said C.D. to be used or dealt with in the way of his trade for profession or calling] of a

]. Sworn at, &c.

A.B. NOTE.-[When affidavit is made by a clerk alter the form accordingly, and add the following: That I am a person in the employ of A.B., and that I am duly authorised by him to make this affidavit, and that it is within my own knowledge that the aforesaid debt was incurred, and for the consideration above stated, and that such debt to the best of my knowledge and belief, still remains unpaid and unsatisfied.]

SCHEDULE (B.) Summons to obtain Judgment by Default on Personal Service. No. [of plaint]. In the [title of court issuing summons). [Seal.] Between A.B. [address and description], Plaintiff,


C.D. [address and description], Defendant. TAKE NOTICE, That, unless within sixteen days after the personal service of this summons on you, inclusive of the day of such service, you return to the registrar of this court at [place of office] the notice given below, dated and signed by yourself or your attorney, you will not afterwards Claim be allowed to make any defence to the claim which the Fee for plaint Plaintiff makes on you, as per margin, the particulars of Attorney's

(where payable) which are hereunto annexed; but the Plaintiff may, without Total amount of

debt and costs giving any further proof in support of such claim than the affidavit filed in court herein, proceed to judgment and execution. If you return such notice to the registrar within the time specified, the registrar will send you by post notice of the day upon which the action will be tried. Dated this

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