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LAUS DEO.

EAST HAMPTON

BOOK OF LAWS.

June ye 24th 1665. .

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LAWES

Establisht by the Authority of his Majesties Letters patents,

granted to his Royall Highnes James Duke of Yorke and Albany; Bearing Date the 12th Day of March in the Sixteenth year of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Kinge

Charles the Second Digested into one Volume for the publicke use of the Terri

toryes in America under the Goverment of his Royall High

nesse

Collected out of the Several Laws now in force in his Majesties

American Colonyes and Plantations Published March the 1st Anno Domini 1664 at a General meet

ing at Hemsted upon Longe Island by virtue of a Commişsion from his Royall Highness James Duke of Yorke and Albany given to Colonell Richard Nicolls Deputy Governeur, bearing date the

Second day of Aprill 1664.

Absence. IF any Justice or high Constable shall bee absent from the Sessions held within that Riding he shall pay for every Dayes absence ten pounds and every petty Constable for each default shall pay five pounds Provided that it shall be Lawful for the Justices upon the Bench to discharge any Constable from his Appearance if they shall think fitt.

Actions. That all actions of Debts Accompts Slanders and Actions of the Case concerning Debts and Accompte

shall be tryed within that Jurisdiction where the Cause of action Doth arise.

All actions of Debt or Trespasse under the value of five pounds between Neighbours shall be put to Arbitration of two indifferent persons of the Neighbourhood to be nominated by the Constable of the place; And if either or both parties shall refuse (upon any pretence,) their Arbitration : Then the next Justice of the peace upon notice therof by the Constable shall choose three other indifferent persons ; who are to meet at the Dissenters charge from the first Arbitration and both plaintiffe and Defendant are to be concluded by the award of the persons so chosen by the Justice.

In all differances under five pounds not triable in Courts, the Constable is to have one shilling for naming Arbitrators to whom if the Difference be refered, they shall have two shillings six pence each.

If it comes to the Justice, he shall have seaven Shillings and Six pence, the Arbitrators (he appoints) five Shillings each, and the Constable for his trouble two Shillings Sixpence, This to be paid by the party is Cast.

If any Person shall pretend his Debt or trespasse to be above five pounds, and on the hearingit shall appear to the Court to come under that vallew, in such cases the Plaintiffe shall lose his action and pay the Defendant Cost.

All actions or Cases from the Value of five pounds to Twenty pounds, shall be tryed at the Sessions within that Jurisdiction from whence there is to be no appeal unless the debt appear to be above that summe of twenty pounds, or where there is a dubiousnesse in the expression of the Law, Which doubt made by one, if it tend to the Causeless vexation of ye other Party ; the other Person so offending shall pay all the charges.

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