By Peter King
How was once legislation made in England within the eighteenth and early 19th centuries? via designated experiences of what the courts really did, Peter King argues that parliament and the Westminster courts performed a less significant function within the means of legislations making than is mostly assumed. Justice was once frequently remade from the margins via magistrates, judges and others on the neighborhood point. His booklet additionally makes a speciality of 4 particular subject matters - gender, early life, violent crime and the assault on frequent rights. In doing so it highlights a number of very important alterations - the quite lenient remedy meted out to girls via the past due eighteenth century, the early improvement of the juvenile penitentiary in England earlier than 1825, i.e. earlier than related adjustments at the continent or in the US, and the starting to be intolerance of the courts in the direction of daily violence. This research is necessary examining to an individual attracted to British political and criminal historical past.
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The indiscriminate passing of vagrants, without whipping or confinement, according to 17 Geo II is a practice extremely mischievous and injurious’, they announced, before going on to be equally critical of ‘the granting of vagrant passes without a previous examination’ and the ‘highly improper’, practice of ‘signing blank passes by justices of the peace’. The meeting then went on to resolve that a subcommittee be formed in order to draft a new statute on the subject. However, although this became law in 1792, and ‘expressly enacted, that no magistrate should ever order a vagrant to be conveyed by a vagrant pass, till he either had been whipped or imprisoned at least seven days’, its effect seems to have been minimal.
With the City arms at the top’ and these practices were by no means confined to the capital. Similar blank passes were being publicly sold by printers for the use of English county magistrates and in Scotland ‘these kinds of permits to beg’ were being ‘illegally’ issued 20 crime and law in england 1750–1840 by magistrates in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Leith who, when asked ‘by what authority they granted such passes . . ’30 New legislation such as the 1792 act sometimes failed to change the behaviour of the courts because it was poorly drafted.
15s’. In 1770 the Surrey JP Richard Wyatt made a similar entry. ‘John Gunner paid 8s to Elizabeth Eldridge, the assault being proved’. However, the legal basis for this awarding of damages by the summary courts 40 41 Burn, The Justice (16th ed. which reprints the introduction to the 15th edn, 1788), i, xvi; Various writers took on the task of editing after Burn’s death. The 28th edition was J. and T. ), The Justice of the Peace and Parish officer by Richard Burn, (London, 1837) which ran to 6521 pages.