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This little book will accordingly refer to the criminal law as it exists at the present time, and supply an accurate directory to the penalties, forfeitures, fines and punishments, enacted by the late statutes, in lieu of those of the former ones which have been repealed or altered.

The magistrate will therefore find a prompt and easy reference to the subject of his enquiry, and ascertain with precision what penalty, forfeiture, fine or imprisonment is to be levied or inflicted for any specific offence brought before him, arranged under distinct heads, and likewise enable him to act with that promptitude and decision, which his multifarious duties require.

This analysis then may be regarded as a digested index to the criminal statutes, and as such, the author has been induced by many of his legal friends to believe, that it would be a useful appendage to the more voluminous works on that subject.

Though precedents* of proceedings before magistrates formed no part of the author's plan, he has nevertheless thought it adviseable to add the vagrant and riot acts, and also a table of the numerous acts of parliament repealed or altered by the recent statutes, pointing out the provisions in the new statutes,t which are substituted for those in the late ones, chronologically arranged, as both a useful and necessary accompaniment to the book.

* There are already published many very useful books, containing all the forms required for the use of magistrates, and amongst the number The Formularies, or the Mugistrutes' Assistant, will be found exceedingly useful, as it comprehends almost every form that a magistrate may require in exercising his jurisdiction, either in his own justice room, or at petty sessions.

+ By the new acts, are meant the five acts, generally denomimted Mr. Peel's acts, namely, the 7 & 8 Geo. 4. c. 27, 28, 29, 30, 31. which at once struck out from the statute book no less than 148 acts of parliament, though some of the provisions have been re-enacted; and the act of 7 Geo. 4. c. 64. which passed in the session preceding Mr. Peel's acts, and the act of 9 Geo. 4. c. 69, relating to Night Poaching, which passed late in the last session of parliament. Should this little volume prove acceptable to the magistrates, the author will consider their approbation as the most gratifying remuneration of his professional studies.

Middle Temple,
March, 1829.

EXPLANATION OF ABBREVIATIONS.

Acces. .................. accessary. add. ......

addition ass. .......

assizes. cal. m. .......

calendar months. C. J. ,..

Chief Justice. C. Js.......

Chief Justices. com. g. ....

common gaol. comm. .....

committed, commitment. co. ......

county. cos. .......

counties. crim. ............ criminal. Ct. ....

Court. Cts. .....

Courts. conv...

conviction. D........

death. disc. ....,

discretion. dom. ....

dominions. ex.......

exceeding

felony. H. L. ...... ...... hard labour. H. Ct. .....

High Court. H. C....

House of Correction,

fel.......

...... Justices.

H. M's...... ........ His Majesty's.
Impr...................

imprisonment. indict. .......

indictment. ind. offs. ...

indictable of offences. infor. .....

.... information. Int. .....

Interest.
J. ........ ........ Justice.
Js.......
J. P...

Justice of the Peace. Js. P.......

Justices of the Peace. juris. .....

jurisdiction. Midd...

Middlesex. M. S....... ..... Michaelmas Session.. misd.

misdemeanor. O. B.....

Old Bailey. off. .......

offence, offender. offs.........

offences. 0. T....

Oyer and Terminer.

penalty. Peniten. ..

Penitentiary. P. O.......

peace officer. prin. ......

principal. priv.

privately. pub. .......

...... publicly. pun...........

punished, punishment. sp. p. sess.

special -petty sessions. sp. lic. ..

special licence. Tr......... .... transportation.

......... whipped. yrs. .................... years.

pen. .......

W....

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