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In presenting the following compilation to the public, the writer
tenders his grateful acknowledgments for the kind assistance
of his friends.
It has been his endeavour to bring within the reach of the profession, either in terms, or substance, all the statutes and
general rules which regulate the practice of the Court of Common
Pleas at Lancaster ; and to particularize such of the proceedings
as differ from those of the superior Courts at Westminster.
Selections have been made from the manuscript notes of the
Prothonotary, as well as the official Books and Records of the
Court : and some of the latest decisions are given relative to
such points of practice, as have been most affected by the new
rules, and the statute 4 & 5 W. IV., c. 62.
The Treatise is divided into five Books. The first comprising
certain preliminary matters, such as the jurisdiction of the
Court, its Judges, Officers, Records, and Returns.
Book contains a detail of the proceedings in an action, from
its commencement to the trial.
In the third, the practice
relating to judgments is considered. The fourth treats of pro
ceedings in particular actions, and against particular persons.
And the fifth comprises such miscellaneous matters of practice,
as could not well be introduced under any preceding title.
Fully sensible that errors may be found in this, his first work,
the Author throws himself upon his readers' indulgence, for the
pardon of them; and hopes that notwithstanding its imperfec
tions, the publication may be found in some degree useful, at
the present period.
Should this expectation be realized, the
labours of the writer will receive an ample recompence.
Chapel Walks, Preston,
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