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Vagrancy Act 1824

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IXJustices may bind Persons by Recognizance to prosecute Vagrants at Sessions.

And be it further enacted, That when any Justice as aforesaid shall commit any such incorrigible Rogue to the House of Correction, there to remain till the next General or Quarter Sessions, or when any such idle and disorderly Person, Rogue, and Vagabond, or incorrigible Rogue, shall give Notice of his or her Intention to appeal against the Conviction of him or her, and shall enter into Recognizance as herein-after directed to prosecute such Appeal, such Justice shall require the Person by whom such Offender shall be apprehended, and the Person or Persons whose Evidence shall appear to him to be material to prove the Offence and to support such Conviction, to become bound in Recognizance to His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, to appear at the said General or Quarter Sessions, to give Evidence against such Offender touching such Offence; and the Justices of the Peace at their said General or Quarter Sessions are hereby authorized and empowered, at the Request of any Person who shall have become bound in any such Recognizance, to order the Treasurer of the County, Riding, Division, or Place in which the Offence shall have been committed to pay unto such Prosecutor, and unto the Witness or Witnesses on his or her Behalf, such Sum or Sums of Money as to the Court shall seem reasonable and sufficient to reimburse such Prosecutor and such Witness or Witnesses respectively for the Expenses he, she, or they shall have been severally put to, and for his her, or their Trouble and Loss of Time in and about such Prosecution ; which Order the Clerk of the Peace is hereby directed and required forthwith to make out and deliver unto such Prosecutor, or unto such Witness or Witnesses, upon being paid for the same the Sum of Two Shillings and no more; and the said Treasurer is hereby authorized and required, upon Sight of such Order, forthwith to pay unto such Prosecutor, or other Person or Persons authorized to receive the same, such Money as aforesaid, and the said Treasurer shall be allowed the same in his Account; and in case any such Person or Persons as aforesaid shall refuse to enter into such Recognizance, it shall be lawful for such Justice to commit such Person or Persons so refusing to the Common Gaol, there to remain until he, she, or they shall enter into such Recognizance, or shall be otherwise discharged by due Course of Law.

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