(1810) 5 Paton 298
CASES DECIDED IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS, UPON APPEAL FROM THE COURTS OF SCOTLAND, FROM 1753 TO 1813.
House of Lords,
Subject_Burgh Election of Magistrates and Councillors. —
Circumstances in which it was held, that as there was not a majority of councillors present to constitute a legal meeting of council, an objection stated to the legality of the meeting, on that ground, was sustained. Affirmed in the House of Lords.
This was a dispute about the election of the Magistrates and Councillors of the burgh, under the old system of election, wherein the respondents complained of that election, and prayed the Court to declare the election void, on the following grounds:—1. That due premonition was not given, and no premonition regularly served. 2. That there was not a quorum of council present. 3. That the election was the act of a minority of councillors, in opposition to the act of the majority. 4. That it was only the act of a certain
Mar. 5, 1805.
After proof and much discussion, the Court pronounced this interlocutor, “Repel the objections stated in the complaint, with regard to the summoning the council for the meeting of 28th September 1803; but find that there was not a majority of councillors present to constitute a legal meeting of council upon the said 28th September; and, therefore, sustain the objection stated on that head, and, before answer as to the other points in the cause, appoint the counsel for the said parties to give in memorials to see and interchange the same betwixt and the second box day in the ensuing vacation.”
May 28, 1805.
On reclaiming petition, the Court adhered.
Against these interlocutors the present appeal was brought to the House of Lords.
After hearing counsel, it was
Ordered and adjudged that the interlocutors complained of be, and the same are hereby affirmed.
Counsel: For the Appellants,
For the Respondents, Henry Erskine, John Clerk, Wm. Adam, Thos. Thomson.
Note.—Unreported in the Court of Session.