Commissioners of Inquiry into Courts of Justice in Ireland: first report (Chancery) with appendix

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89 submitted for adoption in the register's and usher's offices, as are applicable to this office; and recommend the same to be established. 

A List of all FEES, which it shall hereafter be legal to accept in the office of Clerk of 

the Custody of Papers, in matters of Idiots and Lunatics. 
Filing reports, first sheet ------Every succeeding sheet ------Filing affidavit and account, first sheet ----

Every succeeding sheet ------Attested copies of reports, accounts and affidavits, first sheet Every succeeding sheet ------Making out order, first sheet Every succeeding sheet ------

fi 10 4 10 G 10 6 10 

Clerk of Papers in Lunatic Matters. 

With respect to regulations, we have only to recommend, that the contents, and modes of charge for reports and orders, shall be subjected to the same rules which we have proposed for the office of the Register ; and that the contents, and modes of charge for affidavits, be the same as those recommended for the office of the Usher. 

and Ilanaper. 
Appendix, N" 73 & 74. 

Appendix, N"7g. 
Question 102. 

The Office of Clerk of the Crown and Hanaper is of great antiquity, and is 

clerk of the Cre granted by patent under the great seal, with a power to execute the duties by deputy. 
The patentee is entitled to a salary of £ 960 per annum ; and there is a further allowance of £ 100 per annum for the deputy. 
As clerk of the Crown, it is his duty, as appears by his patent, to make out and engross all letters patent for the appointment of sheriffs; all commissions of the peace and gaol delivery, and all process in recognizances of the staple; with some other duties, not now of frequent recurrence. 
As clerk of the Hanaper, he makes out all letters patent for lands granted by the Crown; all patents of nobility, spiritual and temporal; all presentations by the Crown, to ecclesiastical dignities, and benefices; he is also to prepare and engross all charters of incorporation, grants of fairs, markets, letters of denization, pensions, offices, &c.; 
and all injunctions, and writs of execution of decrees in Chancery, writs of attachment, and commissions of rebellion, with other Chancery writs. 
As clerk of* the Crown, he appears entitled, under his patent, to a salary of £ 33. 
; and as clerk of the Hanaper, to another of £ 4. 
per annum: And also to an allowance of £ 66. 
stated to be for the purpose of supplying his office, and the Master of the Rolls with stationary ; the salary however, now received, is £ 960.; 
but no allowance appears to be made for stationary, unless it be considered as included in the salary thus augmented. 
His patent also entitles this officer to a fee on every great seal of 6 5. 
8 ^. 
and of i 5. 

" out of the seal of every writ to be determined in the Court of Chancery." 
Besides the salary thus provided, large fees have long been attached to many of the duties annexed to this office. 
These fees are minutely set forth in the resolutions of the Irish House of Lords, in the year 1698 ; and afterwards in the return made to the Council Office in 1717; and again in the officers return to Parliament, first in 1733, and finally in 1771; all these returns agreeing in every item with each other. 
There are some of the duties of the office for which no fees have ever been received, but which may well be considered as remunerated by the large salary annexed to it. 

The statement which has been returned to us from the present deputy, exhibits a list of the fees now received, exceeding, to a very great extent, any of those contained in the lists to which we have adverted. 
It will be seen by the comparative tables which we subjoin, that in most instances it doubles, and in some, quadruples, the amount stated to have been paid in 1698, 1717, i/.)4> 
and 1771; while a number of duties, not enumerated in any of these lists, as subject to fees, are now considered as proper occasions for demand. 
An interval so inconsiderable as that which intervened between the date of the last return in 1771, and the appointment of the present deputy in 1788, nalurally led us to expect that we should be enabled to derive from hiin some information, which would account for this extraordinary increase. 
He states, however, that the Appendix, N°74. 
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