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POWERS AND DUTIES
JUSTICES OF THE PEACE
IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS,
WITH THE NECESSARY FORMS OF PROCEEDING; EMBRACING ALSO, A
COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL AND SELECTED FORMS, FOR POPULAR
USE IN THE TRANSACTION OF BUSINESS.
BY ELIJAH M. HAINES,
COUXEELOR AT LAW.
LUND STANFORG, 18., UNIVERSITY
Entered according to the Act of Congress in the year 1855, by
ELIJAH M. HAINES, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Northern District
SCOTT & FULTON,
The object and design of this Work, as indicated by the title, is to furnish to JUSTICES OF THE PEACE and CONSTABLES, a summary of the law in relation to their powers and duties, with all the necessary forms of proceeding But a short space of time has been allotted for the preparation of the work, and its progress has been attended with many perplexing difficulties; the author, nevertheless, flatters himself that he is enabled to present to those officers of the law, for whose benefit it has been more immediately intended, such a work as they have long been in need of, to guide them in the discharge of those important duties which they have taken upon themselves to perform.
Much, it is true, has already been written upon the subject of the duties of Magistrates, and our libraries are favored with the excellent and popular works of Cowen, Barbour, Edwards, Pennington, Swan and others; yet the local legislation of the various States, calls, in each instance, for a work more immediately adapted to the peculiar legislation of such States. The treatise of Mr. Cotton, prepared in 1844, as also that prepared by Mr. Asbury in 1850, are now entirely out of print. These have been the only works prepared for the use of Justices of the Peace in this State. They were both equally deserving of the favor which they received ;—but since the publication of those works, our statute laws have been materially changed in many respects, and a work adapted to our present statutes, seems to be earnestly demanded at the present time.
It has been the design of the author to give all such forms as both Justices and Constables would require to aid them in the discharge of their respective duties; the collection which the work embraces, includes