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and presenting it with notes appended to its sections explanatory of their meaning and indicative of the changes in the law. But the Authors felt that this would be but an inadequate and confusing treatment of a subject of great inherent complexity, and would have the necessary effect of making their work a sealed book to all save lawyers. They accordingly discarded this method, and, instead, arranging and methodising the whole learning of the subject in what has seemed to them the most intelligible order, they have inserted the provisions of the new Act in those parts of the Statement into which they seemed naturally to fall.

The Authors hope it will be found that a discussion of no part of the law has been omitted by them, and that they have not failed to note in its appropriate place any decision of authority; while they trust their anxiety to give all the references in contemporary reports to cases quoted will add to the practical usefulness of the book in the hands of the Profession.

M. W. M.

S. C. M.

1, THE CLOISTERS, TEMPLE, E.C.,

5th September, 1883.

TABLE I.

GIVING A COMPLETE LIST OF ALL CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES WHICH AFFECT THE SEAT, AND INDICATING THE Section AND ACT UNDER

WHICH THEY DO SO.

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N.B.-The offences in italics are so emphasised because the court has no power in any of those cases to grant relief, either under sec. 22 or 23 of the Act of 1883, or at all.

TABLE II. SHOWING MAXIMUM PUNISHMENTS, INCAPACITIES AND PENALTIES TO WHICH PersoNS ARE EXPOSED FOR OFFENCES AGAINST THE ACT OF 1883.

Maximum Punishment.

Incapacities.

Penalties in Civil Court.

Knowingly making a false DECLARATION 7 years' penal servitude as to election expenses

and

for 7 years.

(1) Incapacity to sit in House of Commons (2) Incapable of being registered as elector or voting at any election (Parliamentary or

otherwise) for 7 years.
(3) Incapable for 7 years of holding any public

or judicial office.
(4) If a justice of the peace, barrister, &c., &c.,

liable to further consequences under sec. 38. All the above incapacities.

2 years' hard labour and

PersonATION, or aiding, abetting, or in

citing to the commission of personation Any other CORRUPT PRACTICE (viz.,

All the above incapacities.

1 year with or without

hard laboạr, or fine of

£200 and
1 year's imprisonment or

a fine of £200 Fine of £500

Offence.

bribery, treating or undue influence)

A CORRUPT ARRANGEMENT for the with

drawal of a petition (sec. 41)
Election agent FAILING to MAKE RE-

TURN OF EXPENSES after being ordered

by the Court
ILLEGAL PRACTICES

No incapacities.
No incapacities.

Fine of £100.

Incapable of being registered and voting at any

election in constituency where illegal practice

committed for five years.
No incapacities.

Illegal PAYMENT, HIRING OR EMPLOY

Fine of £100.

MENT

£100 a day to any person who

sues for the same.

A MEMBER Sitting and Voting after the

expiration of time limited for transmitting return of Election Expenses,

when the return is not made PROVIDING or GIVING COCKADES, RIB

BONS, &c., to persons in constituency during election

40s. and full costs of suit to any

person who sues for the same.

N.B.—The above incapacities apply to every person convicted of or reported as guilty of any of the offences named; but if a CANDIDATE is reported by an Election Court as personally guilty of any corrupt practice, in addition to all those incapacities he is disabled for ever sitting in the House of Commons for the constituency in which he offended (sec. 4), and if he is reported as personally guilty of any illegal practice he is incapable for the next seven years of sitting in the House of Commons for the constituency in which he offended (sec. 11).

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