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

§ 45

[i roto i te reo Māori]

§ 45.

This is the way the Magistrates act in Criminal Offences. Suppose John goes to the Magistrates in the Courthouse, and tells them that Thomas has committed a Criminal Offence; as, for instance, that he has been guilty of theft. They write down on paper all that John says about the matter, and make him sign his name to it. In serious cases, they swear him to the truth of his statement. After they have heard all that John has to say, if they think that there is sufficient reason to believe that Thomas has committed the offence alleged, they, in some cases, issue a "Criminal Summons" commanding Thomas to come to the Courthouse, on a certain day named, and be tried.

But, in some cases as when the offence is a serious one, they do not issue a summons, but a "Warrant to apprehend," that he may be forthwith brought. This Summons or Warrant as the case may be, is given to a Constable. If it be a Summons, it is delivered by the constable to Thomas. If it be a Warrant to apprehend, the Constable goes to fetch Thomas, and brings him before the Magistrates, and, if he resists, may use force.