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Kerr's Common Law Procedure Act, 1854.

The COMMON LAW PROCEDURE ACT, 1854 (17 & 18 Vict. c. 125); with an Introduction, full and explanatory Notes, and a copious Index. By ROBERT MALCOLM KERR, Esq., Barrister at Law. 12mo. cloth.



Chap. I. SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE.-Prerogative Writ of Mandamus-Action to obtain a Mandamus.

II. INJUNCTION.-Claim of Injunction-Proceedings in the Action. III. DISCOVERY.-Discovery of Documents-Interrogatories-Oral Examination of Parties-Inspection of Premises and Chattels.


V. PROCEEDINGS ON THE TRIAL.-Trial by the Court or a JudgeCompulsory Reference to Arbitration-Amendments in the Law of Arbitration-Trial by Jury.

VI. PROCEEDINGS AFTER THE TRIAL.-Special Case-Motions for a new Trial, &c.-Proceedings on Appeal against Rules to enter Verdict or Nonsuit, &c.

VII. EXECUTION BY THE ATTACHMENT OF DEBTS.-Order of Attachment-Proceedings against the Garnishee.

VIII. SUMMARY PROCEEDINGS IN COURT.-Affidavits-Examination of unwilling Witnesses.

IX. ALTERATIONS IN THE LAW OF EVIDENCE.-Affirmations instead of Oaths-Discrediting Witnesses-Proof of contradictory Statements-Cross-examination as to previous Statements-Proof of previous Conviction of a Witness-Attesting Witnesses-Comparison of disputed Handwriting-Stamp Duties.


Oke's Turnpike Laws.

The LAWS of TURNPIKE ROADS: comprising the whole of the General Acts now in force; the Acts as to Union of Trusts, for facilitating Arrangements with their Creditors as the interference by Railways with Roads, their nonrepair, and enforcing contributions from Parishes, &c., &c. Practically arranged, with Cases, copious Notes, and all the necessary Forms, &c., &c. By GEORGE C. OKE, Author of "The Magisterial Synopsis" and "The Magisterial Formulist." 12mo. 12s. cloth.

"The peculiar knowledge possessed by Mr. Oke was essential to the production of such a volume as that which the practitioner wanted, and it is all that could be desired."-Law Times.

Wharton's Articled Clerk's Manual.-7th Ed.

MANUAL for ARTICLED CLERKS: containing Courses of Study as well in Common Law, Conveyancing, Equity, Bankruptcy and Criminal Law, as in Constitutional, Roman, Civil, Ecclesiastical, Colonial and International Laws, and Medical Jurisprudence; a Digest of all the Examination Questions; with the New General Rules, Forms of Documents, Notices and Affidavits, and a List of the proper Fees-being a comprehensive Guide to their successful Examination, Admission and Practice as Attornies and Solicitors of the Superior Courts. Seventh Edition. By J. J. S. WHARTON, M.A., of the Middle Temple, Barrister at Law, Author of "The Law Lexicon," &c. 12mo. 14s. cloth.

From the Law Times.

"The seventh edition of a law book carries its own recommendation on the face of it. A book that has not been found in practice to be very useful rarely passes into a second edition, never into a third. When, therefore, any work has attained to the honour of a seventh edition, we may take it for granted that it has been approved by those who have made actual trial of it as a teacher or adviser. That is the judgment invoked by the volume before us, which on former occasions we have introduced approvingly to our readers, but whose appearance for the seventh time in a still improved shape we cannot omit to welcome with renewed applause."

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From the Leguleian Examination Questions.

An earnestness and sincerity of purpose is discernible throughout his pages, and we cheerfully recommend the work to Students as a very useful first book, and one from which they may gather much valuable advice and knowledge."

From the Justice of the Peace.

"The Student may feel perfectly assured that the plan upon which the work proceeds is one which, more than any other, is likely to fix the knowledge of legal principles in the mind in such a manner as to make them availabe both for the purposes of his examination and for general practice, after that is over."

From the Morning Herald.

"The author of this useful volume has undoubtedly achieved the object he had in view when he commenced it, and has produced a most complete and comprehensive Guide for the Articled Clerk."

From the Britannia.

"This work differs from its competitors, not only in containing a vast amount of information on matters to which a Student's attention should be drawn, but it trenches upon subjects not even within the scope of Blackstone's comprehensive treatise."

From Bell's Messenger.

"This volume, as its name imports, is intended chiefly for the use of young men preparing for admission to the practice of the law, and to this class we can recommend it as likely to be of great value in directing the course of their studies."

Stephen's New Commentaries on the Laws of England.-Third Edition.

Dedicated by permission, to Her Majesty THE QUEEN.

NEW COMMENTARIES on the LAWS of ENGLAND, in which are interwoven, under a new and original Arrangement of the general Subject, all such parts of the Work of Blackstone as are applicable to the present times; together with full but compendious Expositions of the Modern Improvements of the Law up to the end of last Session; the original and adopted Materials being throughout the Work typographically distinguished from each other. By HENRY JOHN STEPHEN, Serjeant at Law. Third Edition. Prepared for the press by JAMES STEPHEN, of the Middle Temple, Barrister at Law, and Professor of English Law, &c., at King's College, London. 4 vols. 8vo. Four Guineas, cloth.

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From the Law Times.

Assuming that all prudent Practitioners and Students will wash their hands of the past and begin to form small practical libraries entirely of the recent law, they could not find a better foundation than this third and new edition of Serjeant Stephen's Commentaries, which has been moulded throughout to the present state of the law and comprises all the recent alterations. Every Lawyer kuows the worth of this famous work as it came from the hands of its Author; we can assure them that it has lost none of its value in the hands of his Son, who has performed his laborious task of editing all and rewriting much, with the same care, the same industry, the same mastery of the principles of our law, and in the same clear and graceful style, that recommended the compositions of his father to popularity, even more than the fulness of learning, without its parade, that distinguished these Commentaries. The yet unsurpassed treatise of Blackstone was made the basis of the work, but instead of giving the text with notes, Mr. Serjeant Stephen preferred the more difficult but more effective plan of rewriting the whole, preserving the words of the original wherever they were applicable still, but omitting what was obsolete, adding what had since accumulated, and thus making a complete treatise in the same shape, and with much the same language, only giving it, as Blackstone might be supposed to have done, had he lived and lectured now instead of then. But to prevent any mistake as to authorship and authority, the utmost care was observed to indicate by brackets the passages and even words interpolated by the second Author.

"In this manner, Mr. James Stephen has yet further improved upon the work of his Father. He has presented the law as it now is with all its many changes, so that the Student may read it with confidence that he is not mistaking the old law for the new, and the Practitioner will find the double duty of unlearning as well as learning, which is now imposed upon him, much facilitated by the comprehensive view which such a work as this will give him of the entire domain of the law of England, changed, modified, reformed, improved, botched and tinkered as it has been by skilful and unskilful hands, by practical and by unpractical men, by those who would improve as well as by those who would destroy the goodly fabric. We heartly recommend these Commentaries as beyond measure the best book that has ever appeared to form a foundation for the study of the law of England."

STEPHEN'S COMMENTARIES-Opinions of the press-continued.

From the Legal Observer.

"We welcome a new and third edition of Mr. Serjeant Stephen's Commentaries on the Laws of England, founded on the text of Blackstone. In this edition the learned Author has been ably assisted by his Son, Mr. James Stephen. They have, with great diligence and accuracy, digested the chief alterations in the law since the last edition of the work- a task of great difficulty, requiring no ordinary knowledge of the law as it was and as it is, with an extraordinary power of condensing and arranging the changes which have been effected in nearly all departments of our judicial system from year to year. The arduous task of this new edition has been ably performed. We know not any work which, taken as a whole, can be compared with the Commentaries as the first introduction to the Study of the Laws of England, whether for the use of the lawyer, the legislator, or the private gentleman."

From the Justice of the Peace.

"To speak in terms of approbation of a work on which the fiat of public opinion has so unmistakeably set its stamp would be altogether an act of superergation. Every one knows that the last f ur or five years have been a stirring time in the way of legal reform. He will, therefore, be quite prepared to learn that the present edition of the New Commentaries bears the mark of alteration, . either in text or note, in almost every chapter throughout the work, if not in every page. We honestly and heartily advise him to turn to the work itself, and he will find that it not only contains the latest information upon almost every subject he may require to be informed upon, but that as in former editions, so in this, whatever is handled is treated in that perspicuous and scientific manner which has hitherto contributed to extend the reputation of the New Commentaries."

From the Law Magazine.

"We have long regarded this as the most valuable law book extant. We make no exception. We believe, moreover, the labour saved to the Student by this work to be invaluable. Nor are we sure that any amount of labour could give him the same comprehensive insight to the science he is about to enter upon. It is the grammar of the law. It is sheer nonsense to talk of the worth of Blackstone nowadays. We undertake to say that the Student who should read him now would have to unread half the work contains, and add as much more to his information when he had exhausted all that Blackstone knew. This results not merely from the changes which have since taken place, but from the diffuse and often verbose style in which Blackstone wrote his very faulty work, which it has been the fashion of a comparatively illiterate age to laud and extol. We venture to suggest to Serjeant Stephen to discard Blackstone altogether, and to re-write the passages he has modestly but injudiciously interpolated in his own infinitely superior composition. We may here allude to the great care taken by Mr. James Stephen, to whom much credit is due for the intelligent zeal and diligence he has evinced in preparing this edition of Stephen's Commentaries for the press."

Questions on Stephen's New Commentaries.

QUESTIONS for LAW STUDENTS on the THIRD EDITION of MR. SERJEANT STEPHEN'S NEW COMMENTARIES on the LAWS of ENGLAND. By JAMES STEPHEN, of the Middle Temple, Barrister at Law, and Professor of English Law, &c., at King's College, London. 8vo. 10s. 6d. cloth.

Crabb's Conveyancing.-Fourth Edition, by


A COMPLETE SERIES of PRECEDENTS in CONVEYANCING, with Common and Commercial Forms, in Alphabetical Order, adapted to the present State of the Law and Practice of Conveyancing, with Prefaces, Observations and Notes on the several Deeds. By GEORGE CRAbb, Esq., Barrister at Law. The Fourth Edition. By J. T. CHRISTIE, Esq., of the Middle Temple, Barrister at Law. Just published, 2 vols. royal 8vo. 21. 2s. cloth.

From the Law Magazine.

The original work needs no commendation, it is a standard book of the highest reputation and of indispensable utility. In this new edition Mr. Christie has endeavoured to curtail the work as much as possible without diminishing materially the number of Precedents, and has altered those which are retained that they may be similar to the forms of drafts now in use. He has revised the Prefaces to the different Precedents according to the various changes made in the law. He has retained the alphabetical arrangement, and has not diminished the variety of subjects on which the Precedents are given. All this must largely enhance the value of the work not merely to Conveyancers but to all practical men. The new forms are drawn with admirable precision, and reflect great credit on Mr. Christie, who is entitled to the thanks of the profession for a really valuable addition to our working libraries."

From the Legal Observer.

"Mr. Christie has not only ably revised this Fourth Edition of the late Mr. Crabb's work, but very materially improved it by amending, and in many instances curtailing, the length of the original precedents, and adapting them to the established forms of the present day. The introductory statements of the law relating to each class of drafts are concise and highly useful, particularly to the articled clerk and young solicitor, who it is obvious should strive to unite an accurate knowledge of the principles of law applicable to the various kinds of legal instruments with the practical forms by which the intentions of the parties are to be carried into effect, and by which means he will soon become master of his profession. The Editor has with great care in the Prefaces to each class of Deeds, and the notes thereon, noticed the various alterations in the law which have taken place since the former edition of the work."

From Bell's Messenger.

Crabb's Conveyancing is so well and favourably known to all conveyancers, as well as those persous generally connected with the transfer of property, that a new edition would have perhaps attracted less attention, were it not that the present is edited by so excellent a conveyancer as Mr. Christie. The circumstance of his editing the work stamps it at once with the profession as the best groundwork existing. The arrangement, the forms, selection of precedents, and general treatment of the subject were so well given in Mr. Crabb's original work, that an editor could mould them to the form and spirit of the present day, retaining all the valuable portions, and rendering them applicable to practical purposes, a altered by the statutes passed since Mr. Crabb wrote. We must award our warmest praise to Mr. Christie for producing a work so much required by the profession, and which he has given in so perfect a form, that no lawyer will feel his library to be complete without it."

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