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BILL OF EXCEPTIONS;
A SHORT ACCOUNT
ITS ORIGIN AND NATURE,
BY WHOM AND TO WHOM A BILL OF EXCEPTIONS MAY BE TENDERED;
THE MODE OF ENFORCING THE STATUT
BY JOHN RAYMOND, Esq.
OF THE MIDDLE TEMPLE.
Law Bookseller and Publisher.
BILL OF EXCEPTIONS.
BEFORE, and for some time after, the
passing of the statute of Westminster 2, (13 Edw. I.), the pleadings in actions in the superior Courts were transacted ore tenus at the bar of the Court in the presence of the judges (a), in a somewhat similar manner, as it would seem, to that in which proceedings before magistrates are conducted at the present day, except perhaps that the former were transacted with more formality, gravity, and decorum than the latter.
If, during the progress of the cause, either party alleged any matter by way of plea, replication, or other pleading, which the Court thought insufficient, they at once overruled
(a) 2 Inst.; 2 Reeves, 344; Steph. Pl. 23, App. note 6.