Molloy, Constantine. 'A central criminal court for the county and city of Dublin'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. IV Part XXXIV, 1867, pp445-447
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. IV Part XXXIV 1867
Previous to the year 1729 all serious offences, such as treasons or
felonies committed in either the city or the county of Dublin, were
triable only at the bar of the Court of King's Bench in term time,
or under a special commission, and the duty of discharging the gaols
of the county and city of Dublin was performed by the Court of
King's Bench. To obviate the inconvenience arising from this state
of the law, a statute was passed m 1729, 3 Geo. 2, chap. 15, entitled,
"An act to provide for the more speedy trial of criminals in
the county of the city of Dublin, and county of Dublin," by which
it was enacted that commissioners, to be appointed under any commission
of oyer and terminer, or of gaol delivery, under the great
seal of Ireland, should be empowered to meet and sit, if the said
commissioners think fit, in that part of the King's Court where the
Court of King's Bench sits, and there to deliver the gaols of the said
respective counties; and the said commissioners were also authorized
to hear and determine all crimes and offences committed in the
county of the city of Dublin, and county of Dublin.
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