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Ireland—Frankford Bench Of Magistrates—Question

Volume 217: debated on Monday 28 July 1873

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asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to a Return presented to the House relative to the attendance of Magistrates at the Frankford Petit Sessions in the King's County, which states the attendance of Magistrates at such sessions during the six months embraced by the Return to be that of the paid official Magistrate (alone) on five occasions, and on the remaining eight Petit Session days to have been nihil; whether he is aware that the attention of the Lord Chancellor of Ireland has been called to such non-attendance; and whether, failing the Lord Lieutenant of the County to recommend a gentleman of character, position, and intelligence resident in the neighbourhood who had expressed his willingness to attend the Frankford Bench, the Lord Chancellor of Ireland has declined to appoint this gentleman to the Commission of the Peace, on the sole ground that the local Lord Lieutenant's statement that his predecessor had declined to include this gentleman in the Commission, afforded in his the Lord Chancellor's judgment a valid excuse for such refusal; and, further to ask, what course the Government means to adopt to prevent a denial of justice to persons resident in the large district in and about the town of Frankford?

said, in reply, that the attention of the Lord Chancellor of Ireland had been called to the non-attendance of the magistrates at the Frankford petit sessions, in the King's County. His Lordship had stated that he would take steps to communicate with the Lord Lieutenant of the county on the subject.