Winter Assizes Act 1876

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1876 c. 57


Winter Assizes Act, 1876

(39 & 40 Vict.) CHAPTER 57.

An Act to amend the Law respecting the holding of Winter Assizes.

[11th August 1876]

W HEREAS it is usual to hold winter assizes in some counties, and not to hold them in other counties in which there are but few prisoners awaiting trial, and it is expedient to provide for the more speedy trial of such last-mentioned prisoners:

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:

S-1 Short title.

1 Short title.

1. This Act may be cited as theWinter Assizes Act, 1876.

S-2 Power by Order in Council to unite counties for purpose of winter assizes.

2 Power by Order in Council to unite counties for purpose of winter assizes.

2. Where it appears to Her Majesty that by reason of the small number of prisoners or otherwise it is usually inexpedient to hold separate winter assizes for any county, it shall be lawful for Her Majesty by Order in Council from time to time to provide in such manner and subject to such regulations as to Her Majesty may seem meet for all or any of the following matters:

(1) (1.) For uniting such county for the purpose of winter assizes to any neighbouring county or counties; and

(2) (2.) For the appointment of the place or places at which winter assizes are to be held for such united counties, with power to direct that they shall be held at different places in different years; and

(3) (3.) For the jurisdiction of the court and the attendance, jurisdiction, authority, and duty of sheriffs, gaolers, officers, jurors, and persons, the use of any prison, the removal of prisoners, the alteration of any commissions, writs, precepts, indictments, recognizances, proceedings, and documents, the transmission of recognizances, inquisitions, and documents, and the expenses of prosecutors and witnesses, and of maintaining and removing prisoners, so far as may seem to Her Majesty necessary for carrying into effect an Order in Council under this Act; and

(4) (4.) For any matters which appear to Her Majesty to be necessary or proper for carrying into effect an Order in Council under this Act.

An Order in Council purporting to be made in pursuance of this Act shall be deemed to be within the powers of this Act, and shall while it is in force have effect as if it were enacted in this...

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