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Petition may be presented to Her Majesty, praying for Union of

Liberty with County ; Sect. 1.
Proceedings preparatory to Consideration of Petition; 2.
Her Majesty, after Consideration of Petition, may order Union of

Liberty with County; 3.
After Union no separate Commission of the Peace to issue for

Liberty, and Sessions for the County to have Jurisdiction in
Liberty; and Inhabitants of Liberty to serve on Juries for

County; 4.
Gaol of the Liberty to become the Gaol of the County ; 5.
Trial of Prisoners to take place at Sessions for united County and

Liberty, and, where necessary, at Assizes ; 6.
Custos Rotulorum of County to be Keeper of Records of the

Liberty ; 7.
Treasurer of Liberty to pay over Monies to Treasurer of County ; 8.
Interpretation ; 9.
Act not to extend to Boroughs or to the Cinque Ports, nor to

Scotland or Ireland ; 10.
Act may be amended or repealed ; 11.

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An Act for facilitating the Union of Liberties with

the Counties in which they are situate.

[Note.--The Words and Clause in Italics are proposed to be inserted

in the Committee.]

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HEREAS divers Liberties (having separate Commissions of Preamble.

the Peace, and not being incorporated Boroughs) have been

constituted in England and Wales, and it is expedient to enable a Union of such Liberties to be made with the Counties in 5 which they are situate : Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most

Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That when Petition for and so often as it shall seem expedient to the Justices of any Liberty, Union of

Liberty with 10 and of the County in which any Liberty is situate, that the Union of County.

the Liberty with the County should be effected under this Act, it shall be lawful for the Justices of the Liberty and of the County, in General or Quarter Sessions assembled, to resolve that a Petition shall

be presented to Her Majesty, praying that such Union take place, and 15 thereupon to adjourn the further Consideration of such Petition until

Notice thereof shall be given as herein-after provided.

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Preparation
of Petition.

II. And be it enacted, That previously to the Consideration of such Petition, Notice of the Resolution of the Justices of the County and Liberty respectively shall be advertised in a London Newspaper, and also in some Newspaper circulating in the County to which the Liberty is proposed to be united, for Three successive 5 Weeks, and shall also (unless the Clerk of the Peace of the County and of the Liberty is the same Person) be given to the Clerk of the Peace of the County, in case the Resolution shall be the Resolution of the Justices of the Liberty, or, in case the Resolution shall be the Resolution of the Justices of the County, to the Clerk of 10 the Peace of the Liberty, and that such Notice so to be given shall be given by the Clerk of the Peace of the County or Liberty the Justices of which shall come to the Resolution, and shall mention the Time and Place when the Petition for Union will be taken into consideration by the Justices of the County and Liberty coming to the 15 Resolution ; and the said Justices shall confer with any Person who shall attend the Meeting of the said Justices for that Purpose, and who shall appear to the said Justices to be interested in the Matter of the said Petition, touching the said Petition, and such other Circumstances as shall appear to the said Justices fit to be considered 20 in effecting a Union of the Liberty with the County under the Provisions of this Act; and such Petition (which shall set forth the Reasons upon which the same is founded, and also the Terms and Conditions upon or under which it is desired that the Union shall take place, and particularly the Mode in which the Gaol and other Property 25 of the Liberty, and the Debt, if any, charged on the Rates of such Liberty is proposed to be dealt with, and the Nature and Amount of Compensation, if any, to be paid to any Custos Rotulorum, hereditary Sheriff, Clerk of the Peace, Coroner, or other Person holding or entitled to any permanent Franchise or Office in or belonging to the 30 said Liberty, and in what Manner such Compensation is proposed to be raised and paid, and such other Matters and Things as are proper to be provided for on the Union of the Liberty with the County,) shall be certified to Her Majesty under the Hand of the Chairman of the Justices present when such Petition shall be agreed to.

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Union of

III. And be it enacted, That it shall be lawful for Her Majesty,
Liberty with if Şhe shall think fit, with the Advice of Her Privy Council, after
County.
taking into consideration any such Petition, and also

any

other Petition which may be presented to Her by any Person concerning any proposed Union of the Liberty with the County, or whensoever 40 it shall seem fit to Her Majesty, to order the Union of such Liberty with the County, from such Time and in such Manner as to Her Majesty, with the Advice aforesaid, shall seem expedient; and every such Order, herein-after referred to as the “Order of Union,” shall be published in the London Gazette.

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IV. And be it enacted, That from and after the Union of any After Union Liberty with the County in which it is situate under the Provisions no separate

Commission of this Act, unless it shall be otherwise directed by the Order of of the Peace Union, no separate Commission of the Peace shall be issued and no to issue for

Liberty 5 separate Sessions of the Peace shall be holden for any such Liberty,

any Law, Statute, Letters Patent, Grant, or Charter whatsoever to the
contrary notwithstanding ; and the Sessions to be holden in and for Sessions for

the County the County shall have full Jurisdiction over all Things cognizable by

the Sessions for the Liberty, and the Caption and Venue in every risdiction in 10 Indictment or other Proceeding shall be in the County, without

Liberty. naming the Liberty ; and the Inhabitants of the Liberty shall, being Inhabitants

of Liberty duly qualified to serve upon Juries under the Provisions of an Act passed in the Sixth Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King Juries for

George the Fourth, intituled “ An Act for consolidating and amending County. 15 “ the Laws relating to Jurors and Juries,” be returned and be liable

to serve on Juries at the Sessions of the Peace for the County.

to have Ju

to serve on

V. And be it enacted, That, unless it shall be otherwise directed Gaol of

Liberty to by the Order of Union, the Gaol belonging to the Liberty shall upon become Gaol

the Union of the Liberty with the County be a Common Gaol for of County. 20 the County, and shall be under the Control and Management of the

Justices of such County ; and all Laws and Enactments in force with
respect to a County Gaol, or to Persons imprisoned in a County
Gaol, shall be in force with respect to any and every Gaol at the
Time of such Union belonging to the Liberty,

25 VI. And be it enacted, That, unless it shall be otherwise directed Prisoners to by the Order of Union, every Person who shall at the Time of the be tried at

Sessions for Union stand committed to take his Trial at any Court of Gaol united Delivery, General or Quarter Sessions of the Peace, for any such County and

Liberty, charged with any Offence which the Justices of the said where neces30 Liberty would have had Jurisdiction to try, shall take his Trial sary, at As

sizes.
at the next Court of Quarter Sessions for the united County and
Liberty, if the Offence is cognizable by a Court of Quarter Sessions,
and if not, then before the Judges of Oyer and Terminer and Gaol

Delivery at their next Circuit; and all Persons bound by Recognizance
35 to prosecute and give Evidence against such Offenders shall be bound

to appear to prosecute and give Evidence at the Court at which such
Offenders shall be tried as aforesaid ; and all such Recognizances, and
all Depositions relating to such Charges, shall be transmitted to the

proper Officer of the Court where such Offenders shall be tried ; and
40 the Sheriff, Under-Sheriff, Gaolers, and other Officers of the County

in which such Offenders shall be so tried are hereby authorized and
required in every such Case to receive every Prisoner delivered into
the Custody of the Sheriff or removed to the Gaol of the County,
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