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L AW OF BAIL,
CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS.
BY CHARLES PETERSDORFF, Esa.
OF THE INNER TEMPLE.
PRINTED FOR JOSEPH BUTTERWORTH AND SON,
LAW BOOKSELLERS, No. 43, FLEET STREET:
Sir JOHN BAYLEY, KNIGHT,
HIS MAJESTY'S JUSTICES
OF THE COURT OF KING'S BENCH,
&c. &c. &c.
MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED.
There are, perhaps, few parts of the Law of England more closely identified with the ordinary course of human affairs than the subject of the following Treatise. Almost every individual is, on some occasion, either in compliance with the dictates of friendship, or in obedience to the requi. sitions of expediency, called upon to bear the onerous responsibility of becoming Bail. Hence the author is induced to believe, that an attempt to unfold more minutely than has hitherto been effected the nature of the Law of Bail, the principles upon which it is founded, and the practical rules connected with its administration, will be received by the profession with indulgence.
Although the various works on the Practice of the Courts, include a considerable portion of the matter comprised in the ensuing pages; yet from the extreme condensation requisite to be observed in publications of that description, the materials are necessarily collected and detailed in them rather as a series of distinct and arbitrary precepts, then as constituting a well digested and comprehensive system, supported by just and ra