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OF THE

LAWS OF CEYLON,

BY

Willem
HENRY BYERLEY THOMSON,

SECOND PUISNE JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF CEYLON,

AUTHOR OF THE CHOICE OF A PROFESSION,
THE LAWS OF WAR AFFECTING SHIPPING AND COMMERCE,

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LONDON:

PRINTED BY J. MALLETT, 59, WARDOUR STREET, souc.

Rie See. 22, 1878.

PREFACE

TO THE

FIRST VOLUME.

This work has its origin in a digest of numerous unpublished judgments of the Supreme Court of Ceylon, which the author had made for his own private use. The Supreme Court has, by its decrees, been declaring the law of Ceylon, since the Charter of Justice granted to Ceylon, for nearly forty-three years; but only a portion of those decrees have been made public in a printed form. There are in Ceylon no periodical law reports similar to those published in England; the law laid down by the Supreme Court has hitherto been partially known to the public by limited collections of decrees, copied from the records of that court, and unaccompanied (except in one instance) by any report of the arguments of counsel. The first of these collections is that of Sir Charles Marshall, late Chief Justice of Ceylon, and known as “ Marshall's Judgments." It in

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