Group Title: The Trinidad Historical Society publication.
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Title: Publication
Physical Description: no. : ; 26 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Historical Society of Trinidad and Tobago
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Port-of-Spain
Publication Date: 1932?-52?
Frequency: irregular
completely irregular
Subject: History -- Periodicals -- Trinidad   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Trinidad and Tobago -- Trinidad
Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1-1042.
Numbering Peculiarities: Ceased publication.
Issuing Body: Issued 1932-35 by the society under its earlier name: Trinidad Historical Society.
General Note: Reprints of documents relating to the history of Trinidad.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00080962
Volume ID: VID00112
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 45882505

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Publication No. 124.

January 91/h, 1814.

Source :-Trinidad Duplicate Despatches, 1814.

Proclamation as to the Jurisdictions of the Tribunals of J justice.

By His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Regent of the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, in the name and on the
behalf of His Majesty.

WHEREAS, We having taken into Our consideration the
many inconveniences that have arisen and may in future arise
to Our Loving Subjects of the said Island from the doubts
hitherto entertained respecting the Jurisdictions of the
Tribunals ofJustice established therein : For remedy thereof
as well as to introduce such Alterations in the same as may
tend to expedite the Administration of Justice and also such
Modifications in the Laws as Our said Island from time to
time may be deemed susceptible of :

And Whereas by Our Commission under Our Royal
Sign Manual, dated at Our Court at Carlton House the
Fifth of July last We thought fit to appoint Our trusty and
well beloved John Thomas Bigge, Esquire, Chief Judge of
Our said Island of Trinidad,

We therefore acting in the name and on the behalf of
His Majesty have deemed it expedient to issue this Our
Proclamation and We do therefore Proclaim Order and
Declare as it is hereby proclaimed, ordered and declared
That Our said Chief Judge shall have, hold, exercise and
possess, free and unrestrained Jurisdiction as a Judge of the
First Instance in all matters Civil and Criminal throughout
the Island with full Power and Authority to hear and
determine all Causes of whatever description save and except

such Causes as may with the consent of the Governor and
Commander in Chief of Our said Island and where the due
Administration of Justice may require it, be brought in the
first instance before Our Tribunal of Aucienccia ; and also
save and except such Causes as may belong to Our Governor
as Intendant of the Treasury.

And We do hereby further Order and Declare that the
Alcaldes in Ordinary of the First and Second Election shall
and until Our further Pleasure be declared herein, also
exercise General Jurisdiction in all Causes Civil and Criminal
in the First Instance save and except such Causes as are
herein before exccptcd. And that all persons who may
have heretofore acted as Alcaldes of lthe First and Second
Election and have had, used and exercised General Jurisdiction
throughout the Island in any Cause Civil and Criminal
whatsoever, are as they are hereby declared to be,
indemnified for and on account of the same and shall be,
as they are hlereby declared to le, r( leased from all, Actions,
Suits, Pains, Penalties and Forlfeitures whatsoever, incurred
by him, them or anm of them in their respective situations
as Alcaldcs in Ordinary of the First and Second Elci tion
flr having heretofore exrc iscd Geneal Jurisdiction over
Planters and throughout the Islandl as aforesaid.

And We do herely further Order and Declare that no
plea whatsoever to the Jurisdiction ol the said Alcaldes in
Ordinary either in Causes that may have been or that may
hereafter come before them or either of them, shall be allowed
or pleaded in any of the Courts established in Our said
Island ; but that the exercise of such General Jurisdiction
by the Alcaldes in Ordinary as aforesaid, shall be deemed,
taken and considered to b1e confornmable to Law in the
same manner as if no doubts had ever been entertained on
the question; any LaT\, Custom or Usage to the contrary
in any manner notwithstanding.

And We do hereby further (Ordr and Declare that it
shall and may be lawful ior any Person or Personus whomisoever,
being a Party or Parties to au\ Suit or Suits, thlal are now
or may be hereafteir lpeding bcfoir cither of the Alcaldes
in Ordinary, to withdraw from the Tribunals of the Altaldes
in Ordinary or either ol themn and to evoke into the Tribunal
of Our said Chief Judge, nlotwitlhstanding any Law, Custom
or Usage to the contrary, any Process or Processes Civil
or Criminal that may be iow or hereafter pending ; and
in which latter Tribunial hall all such Suit or Suits be
determined. Reserxing the right however, to all Parties

of appealing from the Sentence of Judgment of Our said
Chief Judge to the Tribunal of Appeal established in Our
said Island and in manner and form prescribed by Our
Royal Proclamation of tile Nineteenth of June, One
Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirteen. Provided however,
that the Person or Persons so desirous of removing any
Cause, Suit or Process, Civil or Criminal, from the Court
of the Alcaldes as aforesaid shall in the first instance present
a Petition to the Alcalde in Ordinary before whom the Cause
may be pending, praying that such Cause may be transferred
to the Tribunal of Our said Chief Judge ; and which said
Petition the said Alcalde or Alcaldcs in Ordinary as aforesaid
shall as they are hereby respectively Ordered, grant and
allow; Provided always that the legal Taxed Costs on all
such proceedings, so to be tiansfcrrcd, be previously paid
and certified to be so. before the said Alcalde or Alcaldes
in Ordinary shall transfer avn such Proceedings to .the
Tribunal of Our said Chief Judge ; Reserving nevertheless
to any Person or Persons., in case of any difference arising
relative to the amount of Costs that may be taxed, the right
of giving security for, or depositing in Our Treasury the
amount of such Costs to be taxed ; Subject always however
in this instance to the appro\-al of the said Alcalde or Alcaldes
either as to the Deposit or Security and which shall be certified
on thle Proceedings accompanied by a Certificate of the receipt
by Our said Treasurer of the Deposit or by the Bond or Deed
of Security being attached to such Suit or Suits, as the Case
may be.
And We do hereby further Order and Declare that the
several Protocols or original Registries of all Deeds, Wills
and of all other Legal Instruments of Writing of whatever
nature or kind that have been hitherto kept and enregistered
with the several Escribanos of Our said Island, shall be
forthwith lodged and enrolled in the office of the Registrar
of Deeds and Clerk of Enrollments of Our said Island;
in whose Office and none other, from and after the date
hereof shall all Deeds, Wills, Mortgages and all other Legal
Instruments in Writing for the Acquirement, Sale and
Transfer of Property in the said Island or of whatever nature
and kind the same may be and hereafter to be executed,
be Enrolled, Enregistered and Recorded conformable to
Our Commission under Our Royal Sign Manual dated the
Twenty-second of September, One thousand Eight hundred
and Nine.
And We do hereby further Order and Declare that in
conformity with Our said Commission to him, the Secretary
of Our said Island, so directed, he shall by himself or his
sufficient Deputy take upon himself and exercise the Office

of Sccrctary of the Cabildo ; and shall do and perform all
and every the Acts and Duties appertaining to that Office
under the Laws now in force in Our said Island.
And We do hereby liurther Order and Declare that it
shall and may bc lawful to and for the Commandants of
Quarters and Alcaldes of Barrios in their several and
respective Districts in Our said Island to entertain all Civil
Causes or Pleas of Debt the amount of which shall not exceed
the Sum of Twenty Dollars with an Appeal to Our said
Chief Judge if made within Five Days after Sentence of the
said Commandants or Alcaldes of Barrios respectively;
and the decision of Our said Chief Judge thereon shall be
final; and that the docket of Fees on all such Suits shall
be made by Our said Chief Judge and approved by
Our Governor.
And further We do hereby in the name and on behalf
of His Majesty, Will and Require and strictly charge and
command all Courts and Tribunals, Our said Governor
and Commander in Chief, Our Chief Judge, the Alcaldes
in Ordinary, the Registrar of Deeds and Clerk of Enrollments,
the several Licensed Escribanos, Commandants of Quarters,
Alcaldcs of Barrios and all other Officers and Ministers of
Justice now or liercafter to be appointed and all other His
Majest)'s subjects within the said Island duly to obey and
observe the same and to govern themselves accordingly.
And lastly \\e do hereby further Order and Declare
that these Our Prcsents in virtue of Our former Proclamation
of the Eighteenth of December past, be Enregistered in the
Book of Records directed thereby to be kept by Our said
Governor, the Chief Judge and the Judges of the Tribunals
established in Our said Island.
Witness, His Excellency Sir Ralph James Woodford,
Baronet, Governor and Commander in Chief in and over
Our said Island, and given under the Great Seal thereof,
this Ninceteenth day of January, in the Year of Our Lord,
One Thousand Eighlt Hundred and Fourtcen and in the
Fiftly-fourth Year of His Majesty's Reign.


By His Excellency's Command,



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