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and such Persons shall be styled "London Agents to administer Oaths in Chancery ;" and they shall be entitled to charge and take a Fee of One Shilling and Sixpence for every Oath administered by them, subject to any Order of the Lord Chancellor varying or annulling the same.

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III. The Fiat or Document by which any such Country Agent or London Agent as aforesaid shall be appointed shall bear a Chancery Stamp of One Pound, in lieu of the Stamp of Five Shillings now required; but no other Charge or Fee shall be made or payable in respect of such Appointment, or of anything requisite to be done in 10 Publication order to perfect the same; and it shall not be necessary that any such Appointment should be published in the London Gazette.

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IV. Nothing herein contained shall abridge or lessen the Power of the Lord Chancellor as it now exists to appoint fit Persons to take Oaths in Chancery, or to regulate the Fees to be taken by them; 15 and where any Act of Parliament refers to the Masters Extraordinary in Chancery, or to their Powers or Duties, the Reference shall be held nary in Sta- to apply to and include the Officers or Agents to whom the aforesaid new Styles are hereby given, or to their Powers or Duties, as the Case may be.

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V. And whereas by the Twenty-second Section of an Act passed for Purposes in the Session of Parliament held in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Years of the Reign of Her present Majesty, Chapter Eighty-six, it is enacted, that "all Pleas, Answers, Disclaimers, Examinations, Affidavits, Declarations, Affirmations, and Attestations of Honour 25 "in Causes or Matters depending in the High Court of Chancery, "and also Acknowledgments required for the Purpose of enrolling 66 any Deed in the said Court, shall and may be sworn and taken "in Scotland or Ireland, or the Channel Islands, or in any Colony, "Island, Plantation, or Place under the Dominion of Her Majesty in 30 "Foreign Parts, before any Judge, Court, Notary Public, or Person lawfully authorized to administer Oaths in such Country, Colony, Island, Plantation, or Place respectively, or before any of Her Majesty's Consuls or Vice-Consuls in any Foreign Parts out of Her Majesty's Dominions; and the Judges and other Officers of the 35 "said Court of Chancery shall take judicial Notice of the Seal or Signature, as the Case may be, of any such Court, Judge, Notary Public, Person, Consul, or Vice-Consul attached, appended, or sub"scribed to any such Pleas, Answers, Disclaimers, Examinations, Affidavits, Affirmations, Attestations of Honour, Declarations, Acknow- 40 ledgments, or other Documents to be used in the said Court:" And whereas by the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Sections of the same Act it is also enacted, that "all Persons swearing, declaring, affirm'ing,

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"ing, or attesting before any Person authorized by this Act to "administer Oaths, and take Declarations, Affirmations, or Attesta"tions of Honour, shall be liable to all such Penalties, Punishments, "and Consequences for any wilful and corrupt false swearing, declaring, affirming, or attesting contained therein, as if the Matter sworn, declared, affirmed, or attested had been sworn, declared, "affirmed, or attested before any Court or Persons now by Law "authorized to administer Oaths, and take Declarations, Affirmations, 66 or Attestations upon Honour;" and that "if any Person shall forge 10" the Signature or the Official Seal of any such Judge, Notary Public, or other Person lawfully authorized to administer Oaths "under this Act, or shall tender in Evidence any Plea, Answer, "Disclaimer, Examination, Affidavit, or other judicial or official "Document with a false or counterfeit Signature or Seal of any 15 "such Judge, Court, Notary Public, or other Person authorized as aforesaid attached or appended thereto, knowing the same Signature or Seal to be false or counterfeit, every such Person "shall be guilty of Felony, and shall be liable to the same Punish"ment as any Offender under an Act passed in the Eighth and 20" Ninth Years of the Reign of Her present Majesty, intituled "An Act to facilitate the Admission in Evidence of certain "official and other Documents:'" And whereas it is expedient to extend the recited Provisions of the said first-mentioned Act for the Purpose of diminishing the Expense of and incident to Regis25 tration of Deeds and Wills: Be it enacted, That all Affidavits, Declarations, and Affirmations to be used before any Registrar or other Officer of any Registry Office in Great Britain or Ireland, for any Purpose connected with Registration of Deeds or Wills, under the Authority of Parliament, may be sworn and taken in Scotland or Ireland, or 30 the Channel Islands, or in any Colony, Island, Plantation, or Place under the Dominion of Her Majesty in Foreign Parts, before any Court, Judge, Notary Public, or Person lawfully authorized to administer Oaths in such Country, Colony, Island, Plantation, or Place respectively, or before any of Her Majesty's Consuls or Vice-Consuls in any Foreign 35 Parts out of Her Majesty's Dominions; and all Registrars and other Officers of any such Registry Office shall take judicial Notice of the Seal or Signature, as the Case may be, of any such Court, Judge, Notary Public, Person, Consul, or Vice-Consul which shall be attached, appended, or subscribed to any such Affidavit, Declaration, or Affirma40 tion, or any other Document; and that the Enactments contained in the said Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Sections shall be deemed to be incorporated herein as effectually as if the same Enactments were expressly re-enacted in this Act and applied to Registry Offices.

VI. The Term "Lord Chancellor" shall mean also and include the Term "Lord Chancellor." 45 Lord Keeper and Lords Commissioners for the Custody of the Great

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An Act relating to the Appointment of Persons to administer Oaths in Chancery, and to Affidavits made for Purposes connected with Registration.

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E it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows:

I. The Persons now styled "Masters Extraordinary in Chancery" Country shall cease to be so styled, and they and all Persons hereafter appointed administer Agents to by the Lord Chancellor to execute like Duties in England beyond Oaths in Ten Miles from Lincoln's Inn Hall shall be designated "Country Chancery. Agents to administer Oaths in Chancery," and as such shall possess 10 and exercise all such Powers and discharge all such Duties as now appertain to the Office of Master Extraordinary in Chancery by virtue of any Statute or Order of the Court of Chancery or of the Lord Chancellor, or Usage in that Behalf, or otherwise.

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II. It shall be lawful for the Lord Chancellor from Time to Time London 15 to appoint any Persons practising as Solicitors within Ten Miles Agents to from Lincoln's Inn Hall to administer Oaths and take Declarations, Oaths in Affirmations, Chancery.

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Agents to administer Oaths in Chancery for the Channel

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Affirmations, and Attestations of Honour in Chancery at their re-
spective Places of Business, and to possess all such other Powers and
discharge all such other Duties as aforesaid; and such Persons shall
be styled "London Agents to administer Oaths in Chancery;" and
they shall be entitled to charge and take a Fee of One Shilling and 5
Sixpence for every Oath administered by them, and for every Decla-
ration, Affirmation, or Attestation of Honour taken by them, subject
to any Order of the Lord Chancellor varying or annulling the same.

III. It shall be lawful for the Lord Chancellor, from Time to Time, to appoint any Persons practising as Solicitors in the Channel Islands, 10 or any of them, to administer Oaths, and take Declarations, Affirmations, and Attestations of Honour in Chancery, and to possess all such other Powers and discharge all such other Duties as aforesaid; and such Persons shall be styled "Agents to administer Oaths in Chancery for the Channel Islands," and they shall be entitled to 15 charge and take the same Fees as the said "London Agents to administer Oaths in Chancery."

IV. The Fiat or Document by which any such Country Agent or London Agent or Agent for the Channel Islands as aforesaid shall be appointed shall bear a Chancery Stamp of One Pound, in lieu of 20 the Stamp of Five Shillings now required; but no other Charge or Fee shall be made or payable in respect of such Appointment, or of Publication anything requisite to be done in order to perfect the same; and it shall not be necessary that any such Appointment should be published in the London Gazette.

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V. Nothing herein contained shall abridge or lessen the Power of the Lord Chancellor as it now exists to appoint fit Persons to administer Oaths, and take Declarations, Affirmations, and Attestations of Honour in Chancery, or to regulate the Fees to be taken by them; and where any Act of Parliament refers to the 30 Masters Extraordinary in Chancery, or to their Powers or Duties, nary in Sta- the Reference shall be held to apply to and include the Officers or Agents to whom the aforesaid new Styles are hereby given, or to their Powers or Duties, as the Case may be.

Reference

to Masters Extraordi

tutes.

Affidavits

connected

VI. And whereas by the Twenty-second Section of an Act passed 35 for Purposes in the Session of Parliament held in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth with Regis- Years of the Reign of Her present Majesty, Chapter Eighty-six, it is enacted, that "all Pleas, Answers, Disclaimers, Examinations, Affidavits, Declarations, Affirmations, and Attestations of Honour

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