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of Inrolments and their deputies, or by the Six Clerks, or any of them as Comptrollers of the Hanaper, or as Riding Clerk, and shall pay all such fees and sums of money into the Bank of England, in the name of the Accountant-General, to be placed to the credit of the account, intituled, “ The Suitors' Fee Fund Account."

Clerks of Records and Writs. III. That the Clerks of Records and Writs shall perform all such duties as have heretofore been performed by the Six Clerks, Sworn Clerks, or Waiting Clerks, as officers of the Court, in relation to the several matters hereinafter mentioned ; that is to say,

The filing, custody, copying, and amending of all informations, bills, demurrers, pleas, answers, and other pleadings and records.

The entering of appearances, rules, consents, notes and memorandums of service.

The certifying of appearances and proceedings.

The custody of exhibits deposited for inspecting and copying.

The attendance with records and exhibits on the Judges of the Courts, on the Masters in Ordinary, and at assizes or elsewhere.

The inrolment of decrees and orders.

And all other duties heretofore performed by the Six Clerks, Sworn Clerks, or Waiting Clerks, as officers of the Court in relation to suits and matters in equity, and not as attornies, solicitors or agents of the parties in suits or matters in equity.

IV. That the Clerks of Records and Writs shall forthwith provide a seal in such form and bearing such impression as the Lord Chancellor shall approve of, and that any person desirous of suing out any writ which has heretofore been issued out of the Six Clerks' Office, may prepare the same in the present form, or in such other form as the Lord Chancellor may hereafter direct, and may present such writ for sealing to the Clerk of Records and Writs, in whose division the cause is, and such writs shall henceforth be open writs, and it shall no longer be necessary for the Lord Chancellor to sign any such writ, and that the Clerk of Records and Writs to whom any such writ shall be presented for sealing, shall thereupon ascertain whether such writ is correct in form, and whether the person presenting the same is according to the course and practice of the Court entitled to sue out the same, and in case it shall appear that such writ is correct in form, and that the person is entitled to sue out the same, such writ shall be forthwith sealed with such seal as aforesaid, and shall, when so sealed, have the same force and validity as such writ now has, when sealed with the great seal.

V. That all exceptions for scandal, impertinence and insufficiency shall be filed with the Clerk of Records and Writs in whose division the cause may be.

VI. That in cases where security for costs has heretofore been directed to be given to a Six Clerk, such security shall be directed to be given to the Clerk of Records and Writs in whose division the cause is.

VII. That pleas, answers, affidavits or affirmations, whereon to ground process of contempt, affidavit or affirmations, required to be annexed to bills, and oaths or affirmations as to the carriage of pleas, answers, examinations or depositions of witnesses, taken before Commissioners in the country, may be sworn, affirmed or attested upon honour, before any Clerk of Records and Writs, or before the Clerk of Inrolment in Chancery, as occasion may require, for the better dispatch of business.

VIII. That any Clerk of Records and Writs, being required to attend with any record or document at any assizes, or at any court or place out of the Court of Chancery, or the offices thereof, shall be entitled to require that the solicitor or party, desiring such his attendance, shall deposit with him a sufficient sum of money to answer his just fees, charges and expenses in respect of such attendance, and to undertake to pay any further just fees, charges and expenses which may not be fully answered by such deposit.

Taxing Masters. IX. That the Taxing Masters shall perform all such duties as have heretofore been referred to or performed by the Masters in Ordinary in relation to the taxation of costs ; and shall in respect thereof have all such powers

and authorities as are now vested in the Masters in Ordinary,

To administer oaths,
To examine witnesses and parties,

To order the production and inspection of books, papers and documents,

To proceed de die in diem,
To make separate reports and certificates,

To require that any party be represented by a separate solicitor,

And to direct and adopt all such other proceedings as may now be directed and adopted by the Master in Ordinary, on references for the taxation of costs and taking accounts of what is due in respect of such costs and such other accounts connected therewith as may be directed by the Court.

X. That all references for the taxation of costs shall be made to the Taxing Master in rotation; or if there has been any former taxation of costs in the same cause or matter, then to the Taxing Master before whom such former taxation has taken place, either on a reference from the Court, or upon the request of a Master in Ordinary

XI. That all bills of costs, which by any existing Order have been referred for taxation to any Master in Ordinary, who shall not have certified the costs due thereon, before the 28th day of October instant, are hereby transferred to the Taxing Masters, and shall respectively be taxed by the Taxing Master in rotation; and that if any bills of costs have been proceeded with before the said 28th day of October instant, the

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Taxing Master, by whom the same shall be taxed, shall be at liberty to adopt the whole or such part as he shall think fit, of the proceedings which have taken place before the transfer, and may demand and receive for completing such taxation, such fees as would have been payable in respect thereof, in case such taxation had been continued and completed by the Master in Ordinary, including therein the fees which in such case would have been payable to the Clerks in Court, for the completion of such taxation, or as near thereto as the circumstances of the case will admit. XII. That in cases where the account of

any trustee, executor, administrator, receiver, consignee, or committee, shall consist in part of any bill of costs; and in cases of any proceedings under the 22d or 23d of the Orders of the 21st of December, 1833, or under the 47th of the Orders of the 26th of August, 1841, as amended by the 6th of the Orders of the 11th of April, 1842, and in all other cases where, under General Order, the Master in Ordinary is at liberty to tax the costs of any proceeding before him in respect of any exemptions, or any creditor's charge, or otherwise, the Master in Ordinary to whom it may be referred to take such account, or before whom any such proceeding may take place, shall be at liberty to request the Taxing Master in rotation, or the Taxing Master to whom any taxation in the same cause or matter may have been previously referred, to assist him in taxing and settling such bill of costs not being the ordinary costs, on passing such account; and that the Taxing Master, on receiving such request, shall proceed to tax such bill, and shall have the same powers and may receive the same fees in respect thereof as if the same had been referred to him by the Court, and shall return the same, with his opinion thereon, to the Master in Ordinary at whose request the same was taxed.

XIII. That if, upon the taxation of any bill of costs, it shall appear to the Taxing Master that for the purpose of duly taxing the same it is necessary to inspect any books, papers, or proceedings relating to the cause or matter which shall be in the office of

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Master in Ordinary, the Taxing Master shall be at liberty to request the Master in Ordinary, having any such book, paper or proceeding in his office, to cause the same to be transmitted to the office of the Taxing Master; and also to request any Master in Ordinary to certify any proceedings in his office, which may be comprised in a bill of costs under taxation; and that in such cases the Master in Ordinary, when and so soon and at and for such times as the due transaction of the business in his own office will permit, shall direct such books, papers, and documents to be transmitted to the office of the Taxing Master, for his use during the taxation, and shall certify the proceedings which have taken place in his office, according to the request of the Taxing Master ; and that after the costs in respect of which such request of the Taxing Master was made shall have been certified, the Taxing Master shall cause the same books, papers, and documents which have been so transmitted to his office, if then remaining there, to be returned to the office of the Master in Ordinary by whom they were transmitted, unless it shall appear to the Master in Ordinary, and also to the Taxing Master, that any bill of costs forming part of the papers so transmitted ought to be retained by the taxing Master, in which case the Taxing Master shall take charge of such bill of costs subject to the Order of the Court.

XIV. That when any paper or document shall be transmitted from the office of a Master in Ordinary to the Office of a Taxing Master, an entry of such transmission shall be made in the Book of Proceedings of the Master in Ordinary, and shall be signed by the Taxing Master or the Clerk of the Taxing Master at whose request

such paper or document may be transmitted ; and that when any such paper or document shall be returned from the office of the Taxing Master to the office of the Master in Ordinary, an entry of such return shall be made in the said book of proceed

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