of the Laws of Ireland
by Appointing Salaried Superintending Magistrates
and Additional Constables in Counties
(54 Geo. III, c. 131), 1814*
“Whereas Disturbances have from time to time existed in different Parts of Ireland, for the Suppression whereof the ordinary Police hath been found insufficient, and it is expedient that Provision should be made for such cases: “ Be it therefore enacted by The King’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That, from and after the passing of this Act, it shall and may be lawful to and for the Lord Lieutenant, or other Chief Governor or Governors of Ireland for the time being, by the Advice of the Privy Council of Ireland, to declare by Proclamation, that any County, County of a City or County of a Town in Ireland, or any Barony or Baronies, Half Barony or Half Baronies in any County at large, to be therein specified, is or are in a State of Disturbance, and requires or require an extraordinary Establishment of Police; and thereupon it shall and may be lawful to and for the Lord Lieutenant, or other Chief Governor or Governors of Ireland for the time being, by Warrant under Hand and Seal, to appoint One Chief Magistrate of Police for such County, or for any Barony or Baronies, Half Barony or Half Baronies, which may be so disturbed, so that if there shall be more than One such Barony or Half Barony, there may be either One or more such Chief Magistrate or Magistrates, not exceeding One for each Barony or Half Barony, as shall seem best; and the Lord Lieutenant, or other Chief Governor or Governors of Ireland for the time being, shall have full Power from time to time to remove any such Chief Magistrate, and upon such or any Vacancy or Vacancies to appoint One or more Chief Magistrate or Magistrates, either according to the same Arrangement, or to any other which the Lord Lieutenant, or other Chief Governor or Governors of Ireland for the time being, shall think proper to make as aforesaid.
II. And be it further enacted, That every such Chief Magistrate shall forthwith take the Oaths which shall be then required by Law to be taken by Magistrates in Ireland; and thereupon such Chief Magistrate, so long as he shall continue to hold the said Office, shall without further Appointment or Commission, have all the Powers of a Justice of the Peace, and be to all Intents and Purposes a Justice of the Peace, in, of and for the County for which or for any Part of which he shall be so appointed Chief Magistrate, and of and for
* Statutes at Large, LIV, 677–80.