§ Sir WALTER NUGENT
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if his attention has been called to the fact that, owing to the non-attendance of magistrates, there has been no Petty Sessions Court held in Ballymore, county Westmeath, since November last; that a number of poor litigants have been put to inconvenience and expense thereby, some of them having attended with solicitors three or four times; and if he will take steps to provide for the more regular attendance of a bench of magistrates at this place in the future?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
A Court of Petty Sessions was held at Ballymore on 27th November last, at which all the cases listed for hearing were disposed of No Court was held in December, as the fixed date fell on Christmas Day. In February a Court was held, but some of the cases had to be adjourned, as there was only one magistrate adjudicating. The Courts for January and March fell through owing to the non-attendance of any magistrate. The magistrates will be asked to consent to a slight alteration in regard to the date, which would enable the resident magistrate to attend this Court regularly.