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The justice of the peace's pocket-companion: or The office and duty of a justice epitomized. Shewing what power justices of the peace have in cities and towns corporate, and other liberties, within and without their respective counties; what is to be comprised in every warrant, and to whom to be directed; the effect and purport of every commitment, and how to be concluded, and what will vitiate, and make the same void. Also shewing how prisoners taken up by the constable of the night are to be discharged, and whether any, and what fees are to be paid on such discharge. Constables, how to be chosen, and their oath. Shewing likewsie how and in what manner gaolers can receive prisoners, without subjecting themselves to penalties, and what remedy prisoners have against gaolers for ill usage. The laws of inns and innkeepers, landlords and tenants, and of the game, &c. With a collection of the most modern precedents now in use, of warrants, commitments, discharges, detainers, recognizances, informations, examinations, passes, settlements, &c. with the method of drawing them. Necessary for the immediate use and service of justices of the peace, mayors, town-clerks, constables, and others. The second edition, with an addenda of many necessary things not mentioned in the former impression, and brought down with the statues to the 24th of June 1753. By T. Pearce, gent. author of The laws and customs of the counties of Cornwall and Devon.

  • Pearce, Thomas, active 1755.
M.DCC.LIV. [1754]
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In the Savoy : Printed by Henry Lintot, law-printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty; for W. Owen; near Temple-Bar, M.DCC.LIV. [1754]

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[2],156,[10],93,[15]p. ; 12⁰.

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ESTC T230390



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