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LONDON:
E. SPETTIGUE, 67, CHANCERY LANE.

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1840.

E. Spettigue, Printer, 67, Chancery Lane.

PREFACE.

The following Treatise purposes to bring within a condensed view, the law and practice as to costs in the Courts of Queen's Bench, Common Pleas, and Exchequer of Pleas at Westminster; the Petty Bag Office in Chancery, the Common Pleas at Lancaster, the Durham Court of Pleas; and upon proceedings in error in the Exchequer Chamber, and in the House of Lords. The few existing treatises connected with this subject have become obsolete; and the material changes in the law by statutes, rules of Court, and regulations of the Masters, have rendered a Treatise wholly applied to the important topic of Costs, imperatively necessary.

The remarks in detail are intended to apply to process at the suit of the Crown against its debtors' and accountants; the mixed actions of dower and quare impedit ; personal actions, including the action of ejectment); and (from their having a direct reference to civil rights although in form Crown process,) prohibition, mandamus, and informations in the nature of quo warranto. The inquiry is pursued according to the course of proceeding in an action; and with this end in view, the text has been ranged into Chapters, and a short description of the particular proceedings to which each refers is prefixed. The numbers placed before the Contents of the several Chapters, refer only to the paragraphs :—The remarks as to the law and practice range over seven Chapters; and the eighth contains in full the acts of par.

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