COUNTY COURTS

These are presided over by County Court Judges who, as a rule, deal with the business of more than one court. When this arrangement holds, the Judge attends at a certain court on definite days of the week and thus keeps the cases always on the move. Thus, there is never any long wait, as for the Assizes. The function of a County Court is to deal with civil cases, that is, cases which involve squabbles, disagreements and differences of opinion between litigants. In the more difficult cases a jury may be empanelled and it consists of five, and not twelve persons. One advantage of having a case heard in these courts is that the legal process is much less expensive than in the higher courts.

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