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Title (1849-1851) The State of Deseret - Appendix: Constitution and Ordinances (1849-1851)
Subject Law; Legislation--Utah
Description (1849-1851) Collected by Dale L. Morgan, these were published as an appendix to The State of Deseret, 8 Utah Hist. Q. 155-233 (1940), and later reprinted in THE STATE OF DESERET (Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press with the Utah Historical Society, 1987). In 1849 a constitution was drafted for a provisional government organized under the name "State of Deseret." Its legislature met on several occasions from July 2, 1849 until March 28, 1851, when it was dissolved upon announcement of the federal act to establish a territorial government (the "Organic Act").
Publisher Utah State Historical Society
Contributors Morgan, Dale R.
Date 1947
Type Text
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Source Utah Historical Quarterly Volume 8 Numbers 23-24
Language eng
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Holding Institution S.J. Quinney College of Law, The University of Utah, South 1400 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730.
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Date Created 2005-12-05
Date Modified 2012-06-05
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Description The State of Deseret 173 Sec. 29. Each Precinct in this State may elect one Justice of the Peace, and two constables; and Great Salt Lake City Precinct four Justices of the Peace, and eight constables; (and the same may be increased in any Precinct in this State, whenever the public good require it;) whose term of office shall be two years. Sec. 30. It shall be the duty of every Justice of the Peace, to examine strictly and faithfully into the merits and demerits of all civil and criminal cases which may come before him, and to execute justice without respect to persons or favor, or the technicalities of the law, preserve the public peace, sit in judgment on all cases referred to him, and keep a true record of all proceedings had before him, and in case of appeal, to transmit a copy of the same to the Clerk of the Court to which the appeal is made. Sec. 31. Each Justice of the Peace and constable shall take an oath of office, and shall file a bond with approved securities, of not less than one, nor exceeding ten thousand dollars, in the office of the County Court in which he resides, for the faithful discharge of his official duties. Sec. 32. Any Justice of the Peace may officiate as Coroner, when occasion may require by holding inquests upon the bodies of such persons as may be found dead, or may have died suddenly, or by violence, or in any manner that may create suspicion of crime; it shall be his duty to take in writing the evidences that may be adduced in such cases, also his own decision thereon, the names of several persons present at the investigation, and file the same in the Clerk's office of the County Court; and he shall have authority to summon to his assistance such persons as he may deem necessary to hold such inquest, and dispose of, or inter said body, as he shall think proper. Sec. 33. A docket fee of one dollar shall be paid to each Justice of the Peace, for each case coming before him, before he commences any suit by civil process, which sum shall be paid into the Public Treasury. Sec. 34. Any Justice of the Peace may issue compulsory process for the attendance of witnesses, and may admit as evidence any depositions taken before any Justice of the Peace, Judge, or Clerk of Court; who shall seal up and transmit the same to the Court where the case is pending; provided that both parties are duly notified of the time and place of taking such depositions, and had the privilege of being present themselves, or by proxy, if they choose: all such depositions must be taken upon oath or affirmation. Sec. 35. It shall be the duty of each and every Justice of the Peace, to punish by fine not exceeding one hundred dollars at his discretion, any person or persons who shall bring before him a vexatious lawsuit, through malice or private pique against the
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Source Original Journal: Utah Historical Quarterly The State of Deseret
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Date Created 2005-12-05
Date Modified 2005-12-05
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