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THE QUARTER SESSIONS,
Other Sessions of the Peace,
ADAPTED TO THE USE OF
YOUNG MAGISTRATES, AND PROFESSIONAL GENTLEMEN,
COMMENCEMENT OF THEIR PRACTICE.
The Fifth Edition,
REVISED AND CORRECTED, WITH GREAT ADDITIONS,
T. N. TALFOURD, ESQ.
SERJEANT AT LAW.
Law Booksellers and Publishers ;
ADVERTISEMENT TO THE FIFTH EDITION.
The Edition which is now submitted to Magistrates and the Legal Profession, has been carefully revised, and in many passages, re-written. The Statutes and Cases which have passed and been decided since the completion of its predecessor, are introduced with as much brevity as appeared to consist with the perspicuity essential to the attainment of its practical object in the hands of those gentlemen for whose use it is principally designed; but they have necessarily extended the volume. If these endeavours to adapt the work to the present state of the law, and to render it more useful to Magistrates, as well as Barristers and Solicitors engaged in Sessions Practice, are found in any degree successful, the result will be mainly attributable to the renewed assistance of my friend Mr. Tyrwhitt, whose strenuous industry, power of accurate analysis, and experience derived from long practice at the Quarter Sessions, have been most liberally devoted to the completion of the work.
T, N. T.
Serjeant's Inn, 24th February, 1841.
PREFACE TO THE FOURTH EDITION.
The numerous alterations in the law which have occurred in the period of nearly ten years which has elapsed since the third edition of this work was published, have occasioned corresponding changes in this, its fourth, edition. A large portion, indeed, has been entirely re-written, as will appear on comparing its text and notes with those of former impressions. The parts which remain have been carefully revised ; such errors as were discovered have been corrected ; and references to the recent statutes and cases have been brought down to the latest period.* Much other new matter has been introduced in as compressed a shape as possible. The general arrangement of the subjects, adopted in the former editions, is here preserved, except in a few unimportant particulars, chiefly occasioned by the new law of bastardy. Tables of statutes and cases have also been prefixed to the work for more convenient reference.
The seventh chapter, which includes the subject of conducting the trials of prisoners, and of the evidence to be adduced for the prosecution and defence, has been much enlarged, in the hope of rendering it useful to practitioners in all the criminal courts.
• The first volume of “ Crown Cases Reserved,” which was begun by Sir Edward Ryan and Mr. Moody, and has since been completed by the latter gentleman, is here referred to as first “Moody's Crown Cases,” to prevent confusion with “ Ryan and Moody's Nisi Prius Cases.”