[ Richard Harington, Acting Chief Justice of Gibraltar; counterfeiters ] Autograph 'Draft Judgment' in the case 'Rex v Alvarez & ano[the]r [ Galliano ]', the accused being counterfeiters of Moroccan money,

Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet, as acting Chief Justice of Gibraltar
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the 'Judges' Chambers', 'Supreme Court | Gibraltar.' Dated by Harington 'Gibraltar | 18 May 1901'.
SKU: 19279

10pp., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, on ten leaves held together with a brass stud. With a number of deletions and emendations. The first paragraph reads: 'Rex v Alvarez | Rex v Galliano | This was an application by the Attorney General acting on the instructions of the British Minister in Morocco that certain dies, a punching machine & a quantity of

partly in dies, partly in rolled plates & partly in ingots found in the possession of the prisoners respectively should be delivered up to the Government of Morocco - the application purporting to be founded on S27 of 24 & 25 Vict c. 99. | The prisoners being convicted plus undergoing their sentence had no more standing before the Court, nor had they instructed counsel but Mr Ballon who defended Galliano at his trial was heard as amicus curiae & raised the question [...]' After going into the details of the case Harington concludes: 'On the whole, I am of opinion that I have no power to make any order in the matter except to direct as I do that the articles in question shall remain in the charge of the police unitl otherwise disposed of in due course of law.' Early on in the judgment he elaborates: 'In this state of things it appears to me clear that the only persons who can claim them under S27 are the Officers of Her majesty's Mint or the Solicitor to Hks Majesty's Treasury, or some person authorised by them to receive them. The learned Attorney General was not in poss[ess]ion of authority from either the one or the other - nor was there any evidence that the abstruction called the Moorish Government, the Sultan of Morocco as an individual, or any person representing him was in possession of any such authority.' From the Harington family papers.