§ Mr. Warburton moved the Order of the Day.
§ The Attorney-General
, showed cause at great length, against the rule which his hon. Friend, the Member for Bridport, had obtained for granting a new trial in this case. He used these words on the present occasion in no metaphorical sense, for the fact was, that it was attempted in this instance to turn that House into a court of justice; he (the Attorney-General) rather doubted whether it would not be a court of injustice, if it took upon itself to adjudicate such matters. The hon. and learned Gentleman entered into a history of the case. He concluded by saying, that there was no precedent whatever for the motion of the hon. Member for Bridport, and he hoped the House would not, by 904 assenting to it, establish the dangerous precedent—a precedent that would lead to the most mischievous consequences—of constituting that House as a court of appeal from the decisions of the courts of justice.
§ Mr. Bagshaw
hoped, the hon. Member for Bridport would withdraw his motion. He had seen the papers and pedigree of one petitioner, Charles Troutbeck, and he was quite sure that he would be able to establish his claim in the courts of law.
§ The question was negatived.