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Details of CO 318/73
Reference: CO 318/73

Commissioners of Legal Enquiry in the West Indies, unnumbered volume. Appendix to Demerara report consisting of papers [all manuscript] relating to 47 cases of complaint relating to the administration of justice in Demerara, as follows:

  • A C Johnston's complaint that he is required to give security before he is allow to prosecute his appeal and that the Court has rejected the sum of £100 as being insufficient;
  • Martin Doyle: his charges against several officials;
  • Complaint of customs officers against extortionate charges in the Court of Vice Admiralty;
  • William Hedges: complaint about a sum of money detailed by the colonial secretary;
  • John Travers: complaint that the advocate pro deo has neglected to prosecute a suit;
  • Memorial of debtors in gaol complaining about conditions;
  • H De Luy: sum owed to him for building a Dutch church which has subsequently been sold to a Scottish congregation;
  • Maria Kendrick: complains of the negligent manner in which the advocate pro deo has conducted her legal affairs;
  • Alexander Bone: complaint that the colonial secretary has refused to pay a sum of money deposited under an act of court in the name of himself and his business partner;
  • Richard Harding: has received no answer to his request for proceedings in a case to be expedited as one of the dependents is about to leave the colony;
  • Isaac Hadfield: case similar to that of H De Luc;
  • James Crossman: states that he is entitled to his freedom under his late master's will, but is still detained in slavery;
  • Cato Wilson: claims of imprisonment on unfounded charge;
  • Mary Low: claims that an advocate has failed to return documents;
  • Memorial of inhabitants of George Town complaining about grog shops;
  • 'the Black woman Africa': claims that she is entitled to her freedom;
  • C Dodson and her sisters: complaining of negligence of advocate pro deo in a property case;
  • Judith Waldron: complains of neglect of advocate pro deo in prosecuting her suit;
  • Thomas Kirton: complains of inefficiency of the office of the advocate pro deo in relieving the poor;
  • Elizabeth Nihell: claims her freedom under the will of Thomas Nihell;
  • 'the widow Fraser' and her children: has insufficient funds to pursue a probate case;
  • Richard Harding: complaint against an advocate;
  • Robert Gordon: complains of violent and improper conduct of the night watch towards a free 'black' man named Marchy Williams;
  • Toby 'Mr Sandeford's slave': similar complaint against the night watch;
  • A Bennett: heavy expense of obtaining a mandamus defacto;
  • J Kuster: delays in administration of justice;
  • M B Smith: complains of arbitary exercise of power by fiscal;
  • Jonathan Hughes: unjust decision of the court;
  • P J Matthews: action of a previous colonial secretary in paying out money deposited with him without authority;
  • G H Eyman: complaint against advocate pro deo;
  • J H Hendy: maladministration of President Rough and prison conditions;
  • A C Johnstone: action of governor in an appeal case;
  • M Jacobs: guardianship case;
  • Eleanor Postlethwaite: claims that James Crossman is unjustly imprisoned;
  • C Blok: probate case;
  • James Runeir: delay in hearing a case;
  • Mr Bent: certain irregularities in the judicial sale of his estate;
  • J L C Playter: seeks relief from indebtedness;
  • Richard Johnson: two cases: 1) illegal taxation and 2) complaint against clerk in colonial secretary's office;
  • A C Johnstone: complaint against colonial secretary;
  • Maria Kendrick: two cases: 1) seeks protection of president and rescinding of an order by the fiscal; 2) seeks appointment of an advocate pro deo;
  • Catherine Hubbard: complains of delay of advocate pro deo.

Date: 1828
Related material:

For further records relating to Demerera see CO 111

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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