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High Peak Mining Customs and Mineral Courts Act 1851

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XXII Grand Jury.E+W+S+N.I.

From and after the passing of this Act the Grand Jury shall consist of Twelve Men only, who shall be selected by the Barmaster from amongst Persons resident within the Jurisdiction of the said Great and Small Barmote Courts, and as far as conveniently can be done it shall be the Duty of the Barmaster to select Persons experienced in practical Mining, but a Want of such Experience shall be no Ground of Objection to any Person serving on the Grand Jury if summoned so to do, nor of Exemption from such Service; and the Grand Jury shall be composed in manner herein-after stated, that is to say, of One Man from the Liberty of Castleton, of Two Men from the Liberty of Bradwell, of Two Men from the Liberty of Hucklow, of Two Men from the Liberty of Winster, of Two Men from the Liberty of Monyash, of One Man from the Liberty of Taddington, of One Man from the Liberty of Upper Haddon, and of One Man from such Parts within the Jurisdiction of the said Great and Small Barmote Courts as are not within any of the aforesaid Liberties; and at the Second Great Barmote Court which shall be held after the passing of this Act Six of the Grand Jury, to be determined by Lot, shall be discharged and Six new Grand Jurymen substituted, and at every subsequent Great Barmote Court Six of the Grand Jury, being those who have been longest in Office, shall be discharged and Six new Grand Jurymen shall be substituted in their Stead, so that every Member of the Grand Jury shall serve for a Period extending over the holding of Two Great Barmote Courts; and no Person shall be compellable to serve on the Grand Jury oftener than once in Three Years; and as often as any of the Grand Jury shall die or become incompetent to act, the Barmaster shall select another Person in his Place, without waiting for the holding of a Great Barmote Court, and every Member of the Grand Jury shall be sworn in by the Steward as soon as conveniently may be, either at a Great or Small Barmote Court or out of Court, as may be most convenient, but every such Member shall be competent to act immediately upon his Appointment as One of the Grand Jury, without waiting for being sworn as aforesaid.

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