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

§ 52

[i roto i te reo Māori]

§ 52.

And again; the Law protects a Magistrate, while he is engaged in the execution of his office. If a man is impudent in Court, or insults a Magistrate while is discharge of his duty, the Magistrate may commit him to prison. The reason is this; it is not the Magistrate only who is insulted, but the Law also, for the Magistrate is invested with the dignity of the Law, while administering it, and no one is allowed to insult the Law. Out of Court, the Magistrate is no more than any other man; but the dignity of the Law makes the Magistrate great while engaged in its administration.