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ANNO DECIMO-QUARTO ET DECIMO-QUINTO
MAGNE BRITANNIE ET HIBERNIÆ.
Ar the Parliament begun and holden at Westminster, on
Being the FOURTH Session of the FIFTEENTH Parliament of the
PRINTED BY STEWART DERBISHIRE & GEORGE DESBARATS,
Anno Domini, 1855.
An Act to amend the Law of Evidence.
[7th August, 1851.] HEREAS it is expedient to amend the Law of Evidence
in divers Particulais: Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's Most 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:
of 6 & 7 Vict.
I. So much of Section One of the Act of the Sixth and Recited ProSeventh Years of Her present Majesty, Chapter Eighty-five, as viso in s. 1. provides that the said Act shall not render competent any c. 85. "Party to any Suit, Action, or Proceeding individually named "in the Record, or any Lessor of the Paintiff, or Tenant of repealed. "Premises sought to be recovered in Ejectment, or the Land"lord or other Person in whose Right any Defendant in "Replevin may make Cognizance, or any Person in whose "immediate and individual Behalf any Action may be brought " or defended, either wholly or in part," is hereby repealed.
II. On the Trial of and Issue jo'ned, or of any Matter or Parties to be Question, or on any Inquiry arising in any Suit, Action, or admissible other Proceeding in any Court of Justice, or before any Person having by Law, or by Consent of Parties, Authority to hear, receive, and examine Evidence, the Paities thereto, and the Persous in whose Behalf any such Suit, Action, or other Proceeding may-te brought or defended, shall, except as hereinafter excepted, be competent and compellable to give Evidence, either viva voce or by Deposition, according to the Practice of the Court, on behalf of either or any of the Parties to the said Suit, Action, or other Proceeding.
III. But nothing herein contained shall render any Person Nothing who in any criminal Proceeding is charged with the Commis- herein to sion of any indictable Offence, or any Oflence punishable on compel Per