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@ENERAL ASSEMBLY Begun and held at the Public Build-, Benjamin

ings in the City of Richmond, on governor. Monday the eighteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four, and in the ninth year of the commonwealth.

CHAP .* .*

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1. FOR rendering the administration of justice more

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establish expeditious and convenient, as well as less burthensome ment of to individuals and to the commonwealth; Be it enacted, courts of asby the General Assembly, That immediately after the size. first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six, the clerk of the general court in each and wherein an issue is to be tried or inquiry of damages to

every suit dependi, anscript of the record be made, and transmit the same to the clerks of the seve éral assīzes, wherein such suits are to be tried, accord

* to the original the chapters are continued progressively
from the May session, although the pagning commenes anci
In this edisinn, the chapters will commence with number 1, and
the chapters in the original, placed in the margin.

† This act never went into operation. It was suspended until
the first day of January 1786. By act of 1786, cb B, it was fur.
ther suspended, until the first day of January 1788, and by act of
1782, che

16, it was repealed: but it was succeeded by the act of substituted for the district courts See acts of 1807, ch. 3,"and 1808, ch. 6

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ing to the regulations herein after mentioned. For the
trial of issnes and inquiry of damages on the records so

transmitted, there shall, in every year, be hielden a When and court of assize at the places and times following: At where courts the city of Richmond, on the first day of April, and on of assize to the first day of October; at the city of Williamsburg, on be helda 2 the thirteenth day of April, and on the thirteenth day

of October; at Northumberland court-house, on the
first day of April, and on the first day of October; at
King and Queen court house, on the twentieth day of
March, and on the twentieth day of September; at
Fredericksburg, on the third day of May, and on the
third day of November, at Winchester, on the tenth
day of April, and ou the tenth day of Oetober; at Staun-
ton, on the first day of April, and on the first day of
October; at Charlottesville, on the thirteenth day of
April, and on the thirteenth day of October; at Dum-
fries, on the (wenty third day of April, and on the twen-
ty third day of October, at Monongalia court-house, on
the first day of May, and on the twenty-fifth day of
September; at Washington court-house and Fort Chis-
well

, alternately, on the tenth day of May, and on the
tenth day of October; at Suffolk, on the third day of
May, and on the third day of November; at Petersburg,
on the lands of Sarah Newsum, which she has ceded to
the corporation of Petersburg for the purpose of erect-
ing their public buildings, on the twenty third day of
April, and on the twenty third day of October; at
Brunswiek court-house, on the thirteenth day of April,
and on the thirteenth day of October; at Prince Ed-
ward court-house, on the tenth day of April, and on the
tenth day of October; at Bedford court-house, on the
twenty third day of April, and on the twenty third day
of October; and at Accomack court house, on the iwen-
ty third day of April, and on the twenty third day of
October, and if any of the said several days shall hap-
pen to be Sunday, then the said courts of assize shall
respectively, as the case may happen, begin on the suc-
ceeding day, and shall continue to sit antil the business
depending before the court shall be ended, or so much

thereof as can be finished before it shall be necessary In suits de- for the judges' to proceed to the next assize. In all pending in the general

suits or actions at common law, whether real, personal, court, issues or mixed, which shall be depending in the

general to be tried at court on the said first day of January, in the year of

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our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty sjø, the assizes, or which shall thereafter be instituted in the said court,

accordingly

as the venue wherein the venue is or shall be laid in either of the is laid, counties of Heorico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Goochland, or Powhatán, the issues shall be tried and the inquiry Counties 15of damages be made at the court of assize to be held at signed to

ech court of the city of Richmond; if the venue is or shall be laid in

assize. either of the counties of James city, Charles city, NewKent, Surry, Gloucester, York, Warwick, or Elizabeth city, the issues shall be tried and the inquiry, of dama, ges be made in the said court of assize to be held at the city of Williamsburg; if the venue is or shall be laid in either of the counties of Richmond, Westmoreland, Lancaster, or Northumberland, the issues shall be tried and the inquiry of damages made at the said court of asside to be held at Northumberland court-house; if the venue is nr shall be laid in either of the counties of Es sex, Middlesex. King and Queen, or King William, the issues shall be tried and the inquiry of damages made at the said pourt of assize to be held at King and Queen court house; if the venue is or shall be laid in either of the counties of Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, Stafford, Orange, or Culpeper, the issues shall be tried and the inquiry of damages be made at the said court of assize to be held at Fredericksburg; if the venue is or shall be laid in either of the counties of Frederick, Berkeley, Hampshire, or Shenandoah, the issues shall be tried and the inquiry of damages be made at the said court of assize to be beld at Winchester; if the venue is or shall be laid in either of the counties of Augusta, Rockbridge, Rockingham, or Greenbrier, the issues shall be tried and the inquiry of damages be made at the said court of assizę to be held at Stauutøn; if the veflue is or shall be laid in either of the oties of Albemarle, Louisa, Fluvanna, or Amherst, the issues shall be tried and the inquiry of damages be made at the said court of assize to be held at Charlottesville; if the venue is or shall be laid in either of the counties of Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, or Prince William, the issues shall be tried and the inquiry of damages be made at the said eourt of assiže to be held at Dumfries; if the venue is or shall be laid in either of the counties of Harrison, Yohogania, Monongalia, or Ohio, the issues shall be tried and the inquiry of damages be made at the said court of assize to be beld at Monongalia court-house; if the

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venue is or shall be laid in either of the coanties of
Montgomery or Washington, the issues shall be tried
and the inquiry of damages be made at the said court
of assize to be held at Washington court-house and Fort
Chiswell, alternately; vif the venue is or shall be laid in
either of the counties of Norfolk, Isle of Wight, Prip-
cess Aone, Nansemend, of Southampton, the issues
shall be tried and the inquiry of damages be made at
the said court of assize to be held at Suffolk; if the ve-
nue is or shall be laid in either of the counties of Prince
George, Sussex, Dinwiddie, or Amelia, the issues shall
be 'tried and the inquiry of damages be made at the said
court of assize to be held at Petersburg; if the venue is
or shall be laid in either of the counties of Brunswick,
Greensville, Lunenburg, or Mecklenburg, the issues
shall be tried and the inquiry of damages be made at
the said court of assize-to be held at Brunswick court-
house; if the venue is or shall be laid in either of the
counties of Prince Edward, Buckingham, Charlotte,
Halifax, or Cumberland, the issues shall be tried and
the inquiry of damages be made at the said court of as-
size to be held at Prince Edward court-house; if the
venue is or shall be laid in either of the counties of
Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, Pittsylvania, or Henry,
the issues shall be tried and the inquiry of damages be
made at the said court of assize to be held at Bedford
court-house; if the venue is or shall be laid in either of
the counties of Accomack or Northampton, the issues
shall be tried and the inquiry of damages be inade at the

sajd court of assize to be held at Accomack court-house. Venue, in To avoid improper trials by the management of the tions, where plaintiff

, or the attorney for the plaintiff, the venue in laid.

trausitory actions shall be laid in the county where the
defendant is arrested, or where an attachment to force

his appearance is levied. but may be changed by diWhat judges rection of the court upon good cause shewn.: Previous sizes, and how to the holding the courts of assize, the conrt of appeals allotted. shall allot and regulate among themselves the court or

courts of assíže, at each of which two of the judges of
the said court of appeals shall attend; which two judges,
for in case of failure in either through sickness or other
cause le attend, the other of them shall have full pow-

er utry all issues, and inquire of damages by a jury Juries.

upon all records to be trausmitfed to them by the clerk
of the general court, and therein to determine all ques-

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