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And be it further enacted by the authority aforeTime of said, That in each of the said districts, by this holding

act established, there shall be held, from and after the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred, by one or more of the associate judges of this state for the time being, and at such places as shall be appointed by or under this act, a court of sessions and a court of common pleas, to possess and exercise respectively, each court in its respective district, the same powers and jurisdiction now held and exercised by the several circuit or district courts of this state, in their respective districts, and shall sit at the times following, that is to say: For Abbeville district, at Abbeville court-house; for Orangeburgh district, at Orangeburgh courthouse: for Marion district, at Marion courthouse, on the first Mondays in March and October, in every year. For Pendleton district, at Pendleton court-house; for Barnwell district, at Barnwell court-house; for Darlington district, at Darlington court-house, on the second Mondays in March and October, in every year. For Greenville district, at Greenville court-house; for Edgefield district, at Edgefield court-house ; for Marlborough district, at Marlborough court-house, on the third Mondays in March and October, in every year. For Spartanburgh district, at Spartan. burgh court-house; for Laurens district, at Laurens court-house; and for Chesterfield district, at Chesterfield court-house, on the fourth Mondays in March and October, in every year. For Union district, at Union court-house; for Newberry district, at Newberry court-house; and for Lancaster district, at Lancaster court-house, on the Monday next after the fourth Monday of March and October, in every year. For York district, at York court-house; for Fairfield district, at Fairfield court-house; and for Kershaw district, at Kershaw court-house, on the second Monday after the

fourth Monday in March and October, in every year. For Chester district, at Chester courthouse; and for Sumter district, at Sumter courthouse, on the third Monday after the fourth Monday in March and October, in every year.

For Charleston district, at Charleston, on the second Monday in January and May, in every year; and to continue to sit no more than five weeks. For Georgetown district, at Georgetown, the first days of April and November. For Colleton district, at Colleton court-house, when built, on the tenth days of April and November. For Beaufort district, at Coosawhatchie, on the seventeenth days of April and November. To sit no more than six days in each of the last mentioned districts.

And be it further enacted by the authority afore-" said, That each of the said courts shall sit and ad- Time of journ, from day to day, not excecding five days,

sitting till the business thereof be dispatched, if all the business can be determined in that time; but if not, then what shall remain unfinished, shall be continued or adjourned over till the next court, except only as to the courts of Charleston, Georgetown, Colleton and Beaufort districts, which shall sit the time by this act before prescribed.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the several courts of Charleston district, DistribuGeorgetown district, Colleton district, and Beau- tion of fort district, shall form one circuit, to be named the courts into

circuits Eastern Circuit; and that the attorney-general shall attend each of the said courts, and prosecute all suits and prosecutions, on behalf of the state, in each of the aforesaid courts, respectively, accord. ing to the usage and custom of the existing circuit courts of this state. That the several courts of Abbeville district, Pendleton district, Greenville district, Spartanburgh district, Union district, York district, and Chester, shall form one other circuit, to be named the Western Circuit; and that the solicitor of the western circuit, as now by law

established, shall attend each of the courts of the said western circuit, and prosecute therein respectively, all suits and prosecutions on behalf of the state, according to the usage and custom of each of the existing circuit courts of this state. And that the several courts of Marion district, Darlington district, Marlborough district, Chesterfield district, Fairfield district, Kershaw district, and Sumter district, shall form one other circuit, to be named the Northern Circuit; and that the solicitor of the northern circuit shall attend each of the courts of the said northern circuit, and prosecute thercin respectively, all suits

and prosecutions, on behalf of the state, according to the usage and custom of the existing circuit courts of this state. And that the several courts of Orangeburgh, Barnwell, Edgefield, Laurens and Newberry districts, shall constitute one circuit, to be called the Southern Circuit; and the solicitor of the southern circuit shall attend and prosecute therein, all suits and prosecutions, on behalf of the state, according to the custom and usage of the existing circuits of this state.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforeCourts of said, That the several circuits, by this act estabRecord. lished, shall be courts of record; and all persons

necessarily going to, and attending on, or returning from the same, shall be free from arrests in any civil action.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforeJury lists said, That the sheriff's who shall be elected for the to be made said districts respectively, shall be, and they are, and jurors to be and each of them are hereby severally and respecdrawn. tively authorized and required, immediately after

they shall have been respectively elected and commissioned as hereinafter directed, to make jury lists from the tax returns of the preceding year, of the said districts respectively, agreeably to law: And that the said sheriffs and the clerks who shall be appointed and commissioned as hereinafter

directed, of the said districts respectively, shall forthwith draw from the said jury lists, jurors to serve on the several juries at the said courts respectively, in like manner as jurors are now drawn to serve in the superior courts of law in this state; and the sheriffs of the said districts respectively, shall summon the jurors so drawn as aforesaid, to appear and serve at the said courts respectively.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That at the first holding of each of the said New jury several district courts, established by this act, and lists to be

made out once at icast in every three years thereafter, it shall every 3 and may be lawful for one or more of the associate yoars. judges of this state, and they are hereby directed and required to cause new jury lists to be made up from the tax returns of such districts, for the preceding year, which tax returns the sheriff of each district shall procure from the tax collector thereof, who is hereby required, without delay, to deliver the same to such sheriff; and the judge or judges, attending at such court, shall cause there. from to be transcribed the names of such persons, who are entitled by the constitution of this state, to vote for members of the state legislature, and shall have been liable to pay, the preceding year, a tax of three dollars, and upwards, for the support of this government, and shall carefully select therefrom the names of those persons best qualified to serve as grand jurors, and shall put their names, in the manner prescribed by law, in the division of the jury box numbered one; and also the names of such persons, who are entitled as aforesaid, to vote for members of the state legislature, and shall have been liable to pay, the preceding year, a tax of one dollar and upwards for the support of this government, and shall carefully select therefrom the names of those persons best qualified to serve as petit jurors and common pleas jurors; and shall put their names in the manner prescribed by law, into the division of the jury box, numbered three :

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Provided the number of the grand jurors do not ex: ceed one half of the petit jurors, sclected as aforesaid.

And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, Judges to That one or more of the associate judges aforesaid, cause ju- at every time of holding of each of the said several

district courts, established by this act, shall cause to be drawn out of the division of the jury box of such courts, numbered one, the names of twentyfour persons to serve as grand jurors; and cut of the division of the said jury box, numbered three, the names of forty-cight persons to serve as petit jurors, and common pleas jurors, at the next succeeding court for such district; and the said grand and petit jurors shall be summoned and empannelled, in like manner as grand, petit and common pleas juror now are.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforePenalty on said, That any juryman, who shall be legally sum

or moned to appear and serve at any of the said courts non-atten.

established by this act, and shall neglect or refuse so to do, shall, ifa grand juror, forfeit and pay the sum of thirty dollars, and five per cent. upon the amount of his general state taxes for the year preceding; and if a petit or common pleas juror, the sum of twenty dollars, and five per cent. upon the amount of his general state taxes for the year preceding, unless such person shall shew a good and sufficient cause of excuse, upon oath, to the satisfaction of any of the said judges, at the next sitting, after the sitting of the court to which such person shall have been summoned to serve as aforesaid, to be recovered and applied in the same way and manner that fines for non-attendance of jurors have been heretofore recovered and applied.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforeJurisdicti- said, That from and after the first day of January, on of coun- in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hunty courts declared. dred, the several county courts shall cease to have

jurisdiction, original or appellate, of any causes,

dance.

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