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House. Comm. on the Judiciary. Act on jurisdiction of the Court of Common Pleas, 1832
SEE ALSO 52254 House No. 39 On January 10, 1832, the Committee on the Judiciary took up the Governor's suggestion about the jurisdiction of the
Supreme Judicial Court and on February 23, 1832, reported a bill: An Act enlarging the jurisdiction of the Court of Common Pleas in criminal cases and
regulating the appointment and duties of the prosecuting office, 1832. In all counties but Suffolk, the Court of Common Pleas was to have original
jurisdiction of crimes and misdemeanors hitherto heard by the Supreme Judicial Court, except those requiring the death penalty. The Court would
generally follow the same procedure as the Supreme Judicial Court had been doing. The Court of Common Pleas could hear some appeals and grant new trials as
appropriate; if it thought a case was better suited to the Supreme Judicial Court, it could send it there. There were several pages of procedure
between the two courts, especially for death penalty cases. The Governor was to appoint the Attorney General for a term of five years to act on behalf of
the Commonwealth. The state was divided into four enumerated districts, each of whom would have a District Attorney appointed by the Governor, also
for a term of five years. These men were salaried and not entitled to any fees. The 1831 Act about these topics was repealed. (Digitized from a
microfilm copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   Ordered, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to a change in the jurisdiction of the Supreme Judicial Court, and the Court of Common Pleas, be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
OCLC Number:   1395924377
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