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BRITISH DOMINIONS BEYOND THE SEAS

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Originally appearing in Volume V26, Page 80 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BRITISH DOMINIONS BEYOND THE SEAS.—The legislation of British possessions as to summary jurisdiction follows the lines of English legislation, but, and especially in crown colonies, there is a disposition to dispense with the jury more than under English procedure, and in most colonies stipendiary magistrates are more freely employed than unpaid justices of the peace (see British Guiana, Ord. No. to of 1893). Many of the colonial criminal codes include a number of offences punishable on summary conviction. The procedure closely follows English models, but has in many cases been consolidated and simplified (e.g. Victoria, Justices Act 1890, No. 1105; British Guiana, Ord. No. 12 of 1893). In many colonies stipendiaries and justices of the peace exercise civil jurisdiction as to matters dealt with in England by the county court (e.g. British Guiana, Ord. No. tt of 1893).
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