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House Journal 1821 Volume 1 (30-41314-P015A.pdf)

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much toward producing a union of sentiment hereafter in relation to their exemption from services, which they may be conscientiously scrupulous of performing.

This situation of the Judges of the Circuit Courts of Common Pleas is not such at this time as is contemplated by the Constitution. The Courts not having been organized anew, the Judges continue to act under their old commissions, and thus hold their offices during the pleasure of the Governor and Council, and not during good behaviour [behavior], as the principles of the Constitution require. This delay in organizing that Court has been deemed proper, as a new arrangement of the system is under the consideration of the Legislature. It is therefore suggested whether it is not desirable that what remains to be done in regulating and establishing the system of our courts, should receive your early attention. With respect also to the Clerks of the Courts, as they are receivers of the public money in the several counties, I suggest, for your consideration the propriety of making provision for payment by them directly to the Treasurer of the State, and not to the County Treasurers, as now required. Such a regulation would not only expedite the payments into the State Treasury, but would lesson [lessen] the expense of collection.

The Militia law will require the further consideration of the Legislature, in order that its provisions may fully comport with the spirit & principles of the Constitution. Your attention is particularly requested to such of its provisions as relate to Courts Martial, which under existing laws are particularly expensive. One General Court Martial only has

Description: The journal of the House of Representatives documents the proceedings in the chamber, including actions taken on bills, petitions and reports from committees read, and votes taken. The journals are not transcripts and therefore do not include floor speeches that are found in the modern Legislative Records.

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Language: English

Date: 1821

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