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THE TRIAL OF DB. PRITCHARD.

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Magistrates Trespassing- — The Court of Queen's Bench Was occupied some time lately in dis- cussing the case of Melville v. Bamsden and others, which was an action tor-trespass on the plaintiff's land.—The plaintiff was » Sen^e.faan r';flcling at Long- ton-bouse, near Tunbridge e The defendants, Mr. Bamsden, and Mr. I}eld,_ were magistrates resid- ing and acting in the district, and the seven other defendants were inhabitants and villagers residing in the immediate neighbourhood; the action was brought to vindicate the plaintiff s right to certain land which the defendants had infringed for the purposes of a, bonfire, burning tar barrels and fireworks on the 5th of Nove-ber. After some time had been taken up with the case it was amicably arranged, a verdict of x5 5S. beinq taken against all the defendants, except Mr. Bamsdeqpnd Mr. Field, in whose case an acquit- tal was taken. The New Law on Criminal Case-A pro- vision in the new Act to Amend the Law of Evidence and Practice on Criminal Trials takes effect from the 3rd of July, and will form an important feature in all criminal cases. In every trial for felony or misde- meanour commenced on or after the 1st July, 1865, the presiding judge, at the close of the case for the prosecution is to ask the counsel for each prisoner or defendant defended by counsel, but not otherwise, whether it is intended to give evidence; and if no evidence is to be given, then the counsel for the prose- cution ia to "sum up" the evidence adduced. In every trial for felony or misdemeanour, whether *he prisoners or defendants are defended by counsel or not, each one may open his case, and, after the evi- dence given, sum up" the evidence respectively, and the right of reply and practise and course oi pro- ceeding, save aa now altered, to be the same as at present! The object of the new Act is to make the law in criminal matters more nearly assimilate with r cases at common law. 1

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