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The Laws of England, Compiled and translated into the Māori language.

§ 4

[i roto i te reo Māori]

§ 4.

The Pakeha has many laws: all men are not able to remember them all; therefore men are appointed by The Queen and by the Governor whose special duty it is to make themselves acquainted with these laws, and to administer them for the people. These are the Judges and Magistrates. They are made to swear that they will decide in accordance with justice only, and with what the Law has prescribed as the rule for each case. It is for the Governor to select men of patience, integrity and wisdom, and appoint them Magistrates. All matters of dispute must be referred to their decision. Their knowledge is obtained from the books wherein the laws are written; which books they read and study constantly. Their knowledge is also partly derived from practice, for if a man work constantly at one work, he will become skilful in it. It is gained also by referring to previous decisions.