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Distress (Costs) Act 1817

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IIIJustices may summon Witnesses.

And be it enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That it shall be lawful for such Justice, at the Request of the Party complaining or complained against, to summon all Persons as Witnesses, and to administer an Oath to them, touching the Matter of such Complaint or Defence against it; and if any Person or Persons so summoned shall not obey such Summons, without any reasonable or lawful Excuse, or refuse to be examined upon Oath, or if a Quaker upon solemn Affirmation, then every such Person so offending shall forfeit and pay a Sum not exceeding Forty Shillings, to be ordered, levied, and paid in such Manner and by such Means, and with such Power of Commitment, as is herein-before directed as to such Order and Judgment to be given between the Party or Parties in the original Complaint, excepting so far as regards the Form of the Order, and hereinafter provided for.

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