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THE SLADE BARONETCY CASE.

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THE SLADE BARONETCY CASE. Remarking on the late judgment pronounced ill the Slade Baronetcy Case, which, it will be remembered, resulted in the judges being divided in opinion, but for the purposes of a new trial the junior jirge, from courtesy, withdrawing his opinion, the Pall Mall Gazette says :— Apart from its other aspects, the Slade case supplies a curious illustration of the occasional truth of the old saying which asserts that "possession is nine- tenths of the law"—a saying which, at the same time, is by no means universally correct as a matter of fact. The junior judge who tried the case being in favour of the party who is not in possession- the action taking a form of a motion for ejectmerit-willingly withdraws his own opinion, in order that there may be technical ground for a new trial, thereby giving the plaintiff, whose cause he upholds, a fresh chaiiGe. But sup- posing the opinion of the junior judge had gone the other way, the opinions of the whole four being at the same time equally divided, what would have been the issue? Would he have withdrawn his own judg- ment, not being legally obliged to do so, when his declining to withdraw it twould have had the practical effect of leaving the party whom he held to be right in possession of the field, and thus have compelled the compl-ete dropping of the action altogether? The question is by no means unimportant as a matter for practical consideration, and as a fresh proof of the astonishing anomaies of English law. The condition of the Austrian marriage law in Lombardy at the time of Miss Mostyn's first marriage was strange and anom- alous enough. But what was it in comparison with an indefinite system which makes it a mere matter of etiquette whether or no a junior judge shall withdraw his judgment, or refuse to withdraw it, in a case in which the expenses of the suit must be enormous, and in which two courts of appeal may be successively called on to try the matter all over again ?

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