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

§ 55

[i roto i te reo Māori]

page xii

§ 55.

A Magistrate must be upright, and must not regard with favour either one side or the other.

He must. not receive gifts to make him turn favourably to the giver. (See "Bribery," 15.) He must look only at the Law, and carry out its behest. "Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shall not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in "righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour."—Leviticus, 19c. 15v.

"These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment."—Proverb's, 24c. 23v.

A Magistrate must not favor the powerful, nor despise the common person. He must not fear the censure of any man. His only care must be to execute justice acording to the evidence that he hears at the investigation. "If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto "judgment, that the Judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked." (Deuteronomy 25c. 1v )

The wrath of the Almighty is upon the man who does not judge righteously, but who favours the man that is powerful, and oppresses the weak, "Cursed be he that perverteth "the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen." (Deuteronomy 27c. 19v.)