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NEWFOUNDLAND ACT 4 WM. IV. c 20—REPEALING FORMER ACTS AS TO JURISDICTION OF COURT ON COAST OF LABRADOR, 1834.
C.O. 196/1. NEWFOUNDLAND ACTS.
4 William IV., Cap . XX.
An Act to repeal so much of an Act of the Imperial parliament passed in the Fifth Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King George the Fourth, entitled “An Act for the better administration of Justice in Newfoundland and for other Purposes” as relates to the Jurisdiction of a Court of Civil Jurisdiction on the Coast of Labrador and the Islands adjacent.
[12 June 1834.]
Whereas by an Act passed in the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, in the fifth year of the reign of his late Majesty King George the IV. entitled “an act for the better administration of justice in Newfoundland, and for other purposes,” it is, among other things, enacted that it shall and may be lawful for the governor, or acting governor of Newfoundland, for the time being, to institute a court of Civil Jurisdiction at any such parts or places on the Coast of Labrador, or the Islands adjacent thereto, as, in and by an Act passed in the Fifty-first year of the Reign of his late Majesty King George the Third, entitled “an act for taking away the Public Use of certain Ship's Rooms in the Town of Saint John's, in the Island of Newfoundland, and for establishing surrogate Courts on the Coast Of Labrador, and in certain Islands adjacent thereto,” were re-annexed to the Government of Newfoundland: and whereas by another Act of the said Parliament, passed in the second and third years of the Reign of His present Majesty, and entitled “an act to continue certain acts relating to the Island of Newfoundland, and to provide for the appropriation of all Duties which may hereafter be raised in the said Island,” it is among other thing enacted, that it shall and may be lawful for His Majesty, or for any governor, lieutenant governor, or officer administering the government of Newfoundland, in pursuance of his commission or instructions to him for that purpose addressed by His Majesty, with the advice and consent of any House or Houses of general assembly, which His Majesty may thereafter be pleased to convoke from among the inhabitants of the said colony, by any act or
acts to be, from time to time, for that purpose passed, to repeal in whole or in part, or to amend, alter, or vary the said first recited act or any part thereof: and whereas the court instituted on the coast of Labrador, by virtue of the said first mentioned act, has been found by experience not to answer the purposes thereby intended: Be it therefore enacted, by the Governor, Council, and Assembly, in Colonial Parliament assembled, that so much of the said Act of the Imperial Parliament, passed in the fifth year of the reign of his late Majesty King George the Fourth, entitled “an act for the better administration of Justice in Newfoundland, and for other purposes,” as relates to the institutions of a Court of Civil Jurisdiction on the Coast of Labrador, or the Islands adjacent thereto, shall be, and the same is hereby repealed.
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“EXPLANATORY OBSERVATIONS ON ACTS OF THIRD SESSION, 1834.”
LOCAL LEGISLATURE, ST. JOHN'S, NFLD., VOL. 1, p. 171.
The object of this Act is the abolition of the Court of Civil Jurisdiction for the Coast of Labrador, the expense of which was deemed to exceed the bounds of its utility. The measure which this Act is meant to accomplish is sanctioned by general opinion, but it is material to be held in view that the whole Coast of Labrador is now left destitute of a local Civil Jurisdiction; while an opinion seems to be prevalent in the Colony that the expenses incident to a Court of Justice of limited jurisdiction and simple character suitable to the exigencies of the Merchants fishermen and others frequenting that Coast during the season of the fishery, ought to be sustained by the Parent Government, because that fishery is in part, and to a considerable extent carried on by Merchants and others whose domicile is in Great Britain.