Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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Be it enacted and Ordained, and it is Enacted and Ordained by authority of this present Parliament, That the Committee of Parliament for Indempnity, or any five or more of them, have power, and are hereby authorized to transmit to any two or more Justices of the Peace in the respective Counties, Cities or Corporations of England and Wales, all or any such Articles or Informations as shall be exhibited to them against any Malignant or Deliquent Magistrate, or other Officer or Officers within the said County, or within any Borough or Town Corporate therein, according to two Ordinances of Parliament in that behalf made, bearing date the Ninth of September and Fourth of October, One Thousand six hundred forty seven; Which two or more Justices of Peace, are hereby impowred and required to send for such Witness or Witnesses as shall be desired, as well against as on the behalf of such Delinquent or ill-affected Officer, and them upon Oath to examine concerning the truth of all or any of the said Articles; Which Oath the said two or more Justices of Peace are hereby likewise authorized to adminster, and to return the same, together with the said Articles or Informations, to the said Committee of Indempnity sealed up: And also if any person or persons that now be, or hereafter shall be sued, indicted or molested, for or concerning any act or thing done by him by authority, or for the service of the Parliament, or during his or their being in Arms for the Parliament, contrary to several Ordinances in that behalf made, That in such case upon complaint made, and stating the case by Petition to any two or more Justices, the said Justices or any two or more of them, shall have power, and are hereby authorized and required to send for such Witnesses as are desired, as well against, as on the behalf of the person or persons complained of, and them upon Oath to examine (which Oath the said Justices, or any two or more of them, shall have power, and are hereby authorized likewise to adminster) and in case they cannot compose the said Difference, then to return the said several and respective Depositions so taken, and Petition (sealed up) to the said Committee of Indempnity, who are authorized and required to proceed to give Judgement, and make further proceeding upon the same, and upon the Depositions concerning disaffected Officers as aforesaid, according to the respective powers given them by this, or any other Ordinance of Parliament for that purpose.
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That one Act of this present Parliament, Entituled, An Act giving power to the Committee of Imdempnity to transmit the Examination of all such Articles and Informations as shall be exhibited to them against any Malignant or Delinquent Magistrates, or other ill-affected Officers, to Justices of Peace in the several Counties, be, and is hereby repealed and made void.