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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1895

No. 366.—Petition of G. E. Barton

No. 366.—Petition of G. E. Barton.

Petitioner prays that he may be released from the responsibility of having to rehear cases on which he has already given judgment under "The Poututu Jurisdiction Act, 1889."

I have the honour to report that your Committee, having considered this petition, are of opinion that it was intended that the findings and decisions of the Court established under "The Poututu Jurisdiction Act, 1889," should be final and conclusive, without appeal. As it has been stated on behalf of the Government that it is their intention to introduce legislation this session affirming that view, whilst at the same time the legal proceedings pending in the Supreme Court should not be affected nor legal rights created injured, the Committee think the prayer of the petitioner will be met by such legislation. Your Committee recommend that the petition be referred to the Government for consideration.

22nd October, 1895.