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Official Referee

Volume 161: debated on Wednesday 14 March 1923

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asked the Attorney-General whether he has had his attention called to the proceedings in Shrager v. Dighton and others, which occupied 25 days in hearing before the Official Referee; whether he is aware that the costs incurred in this case are estimated at £25,000; and whether he will move for a Select Committee to examine into this example of costly judicial proceedings with a view to introducing legislation designed to provide means whereby litigants can secure cheaper and speedier decisions?

My attention has not been called to this case, in which the Crown was not a party nor have I any information as to the costs incurred. The answer to the latter part of the question is in the negative.