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

§ 54

[i roto i te reo Māori]

§ 54.

Magistrates were first instituted, and placed in different parts of the country, to save people the trouble of constantly going to the central Courts about small Civil matters.

Also, that custodians of the Law might be everywhere present, to look after the preservation of the peace, and enquire without delay into Criminal Offences.

The first establishment of local judicial officers was similar among the Israelites. When the people became numerous, Moses could not attend to all these matters himself, so he said to them, "I am not able to bear you myself alone: the Lord your God hath multiplied you and "behold, ye are this day as the stars of Heaven for multitude. How can I myself alone bear "your cumbrance, and your burdeu, and your strife? And I charged your judges at that "time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every "man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him. Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of "man; for the judgment is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me "and I will hear it."—Deuteronomy, lc. 9, 10,12,16,17v,