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they shall not exceed, any law to the contrary notwithstanding ; and they shall be entitled to receive for their services, the fees allowed for like services, by the laws herein before adopted, and continued in the eastern part of said district.
SECT. 12. And be it further enacted, That there shall be appointed in and for the said counties, a register of wills, and a judge to be called the judge of the Orphan's Court, who shall each take an oath for the faithful and impartial discharge of the duties of his office --and shall have all the powers, perform all the duties, and receive the like fees, as are exercised, performed and received, by the registers of 'wills, and judges of the Orphan's Court within the State of Maryland and appeals from the said Courts shall be to the Circuit Court of said district, who shall therein have all the powers of Chancellor of the said State.
Sect. 13. And be it further enacted, That all cases where judgment or decrees have been obtained, or hereafter shall be obtained, on suits now depending in any of the Courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, or of the State of Maryland, where the defendant resides, or has property within the district of Columbia, it shall be lawful for the plaintiff in such case, upon filing an exemplification of the record and proceedings in such suits, with the Clerk of the County where the defendant resides, or his property may be found, to sue out writs of execution thereon, returnable to the said Court, which shall be proceeded on in the same manner as if the judgment or decree had originally been obtained in the said Court.
SECT. 14. And be it further enacted, That all actions, suits, process, pleadings, and other proceedings of what nature or kind soever, depending or existing in the Courts of Hustings for the towns of Alexandria and George-Town, shall be and hereby are continued over to the Circuit Courts, to be holden by virtue of this Act, within the District of Columbia, in manner following, that is to say-all such as shall then be depending and undetermined before the Court of Hustings for the town of Alexandria, to the next Circuit Court hereby
directed to be holden in the town of Alexandria-and all such as shall then be depending and undetermined before the court of hustings for George-Town, to the next Circuit Court hereby directed to be holden in the city of Washington: Provided nevertheless, That where the personal demand in such cases, exclusive of costs, does not exceed the value of twenty dollars, the Justices of the Peace within their respective counties, shall have cognizance thereof.
SECT. 15. And be it further enacted, That all writs and processes whatsoever, which shall hereafter issue from the courts hereby established within the district, shall be tested in the name of the chief judge of the district of Columbia.
Sect. 16. And be it further enacted, That nothing in this Act contained shall in any wise alter, impeach, or impair the rights granted by or derived from the acts of incorporation of Alexandria and George-Town, or of any other body corporate litic within said district, except so far as relates to the judicial powers of the corporations of George Town and Alexandria.
AN ACT Supplementary to the Act, entitled "an Act concerning
the District of Columbia." SECT. I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Re® firesentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Circuit Courts for the District of Columbia shall be, and they are hereby invested with the same power respecting constables, inspectors and the inspection of tobacco and flour, surveyors, mills, highways and ferries, for the county of Alexandria, as have heretofore been vested in the county Courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and forthe county of Washington, the same power and authority as have been heretofore exercised by the county and levy Courts of the State of Maryland-with power to appoint to all other offices necessary for the said district, under the laws of the respective states of Maryland and Virginia: And all officers for whom no special provision is
made by this act, or the act to which this is a supplement, shall receive the same fees and emoluments, as they have respectively received under the jurisdiction of the respective States.
Sect. 2. And be it further enacted, That all indictments shall run in the name of the United States, and con-, clude against the peace and government thereof and all fines, penalties and forfeitures, accruing under the laws of the States of Maryland and Virginia, and which by adoption have become the laws of this District, shall be recovered with costs, by indictment or information in the name of the United States, or by action of debt, in the name of the United States and of the informer-one half of which fine shall accrue to. the district, and the other half to the informer-and the said fines shall be collected by or paid to the marshal; and one half thereof shall be by him paid over to the Board of Commissioners herein after established, and the other half to the informer; and the marshal shall have the same power regarding their collection, and be subject to the same rules and regulations as to the pay, ment thereof, as the Sheriffs of the respective States of Maryland and Virginia are subject to in relation to the same.
Sect. 3. And be it further enacted, That all felonies committed within the county of Alexandria, shall be punished in the same manner as crimes were punishable by the laws of Virginia, as they existed prior to the year 1796; and the circuit Court of Alexandria, shall possess and exercise the same power and jurisdiction civil and criminal, as is now possessed and exercised by the district Courts of Virginia.
SECT. 4. And be it further enacted, That the Magistrates to be appointed for the said District, shall be, and they are hereby constituted a Board of Commissioners within their respective counties, and shall possess and exercise the same powers, perform the same duties, receive the same fees and emolments as the levy Courts or Commissioners of County for the State of Maryland possess, perform, and receive; and the Clerks and Cola P 2
lectors to be by them appointed, shall be subject to the same laws, perform the same duties, possess the same power, and receive the same fees and emoluments, as the Clerks and Collectors of the county tax of the State of Maryland are entitled to receive.
SECT. 5. And be it further enacted, That the Clerks of the Circuit Court, shall within their respective districts be bound to perform the same duties, respecting the recording of deeds and all other services, and shall receive the same fees and emoluments for the same (except in those cases provided for in the ninth section of the act to which this is a supplement) as are now performed and received by the Clerks of the counties of the respective States of Maryland and Virginia.
Sect. 6. And be it further enacted, That in all cases where the Constitution or laws of the United States provide that criminals and fugitives from justice, or persons held to labour in any State, escaping into another State, shall be delivered up, the Chief Justice of the said district shall be, and he is hereby empowered and required to cause to be apprehended and delivered up such criminal fugitive from justice, or persons fleeing from service, as the case may be, who shall be found within the district, in the same manner and under the same regulations as the executive authority of the several States are required to do the same and all executive and judicial officers are hereby required to obey all lawful precepts or other process issued for that purpose, and to be aiding and assisting in such delivery.
SECT. 7. And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for the sheriffs and collectors of public dues for the counties of Montgomery and Prince George, in the State of Maryland, and for the sheriffs of Fairfax county in the Commonwealtlı of Virginia, and they shall respectively have full power and authority to enter into those parts of the now District of Columbia, which were heretofore within the limits of their respective bailiwicks, for the purposes of collecting, by distress or otherwise, as they were heretofore authorised to do, all o. ce :s fez!, state taxes and county taxes, levies, fines
and other public dues, which were due on the first Monday of December one thousand eight hundred, and still remain uncollected from persons residing or hating property subject to the payment of such Officers' fees, State taxes, and County taxes, and levies within the said district; and all disputes or controversies that do or may arise between such Sheriff or Collector, and the person or persons from whom he or they may claim such public.dues, shall be cognizable before and tried by the respective State Courts to whom the trial of such controversies heretofore belonged, and not before the Court of the District of Columbia.
SECT. 8. And be it further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for the Sheriffs of the said counties of Montgomery and Prince George, in the State of Maryland, and for the Sheriff of Fairfax county in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and they shall respectively have full power and authority to enter into those parts of the now District of Columbia which were heretofore within the limits of their respective bailiwicks, for the purpose of arresting and conducting to the respective gaols under their keeping and care as they heretofore might have done, had the law to which this is a supplement never passed; each and every person within the limits of the District of Columbia, upon whom such Sheriff hath heretofore served a writ of capias ad satisfaciendum, capias ad respondendum, attachment, or other process issuing from any State Court, which commands and requires such Sheriff to have the body of the person before the Court from which such writ or process hath issued.
SECT. 9. And be further enacted, That where, by this act, and the act to which this is a supplement, appointments are authorized to be made by the Circuit Courts of the District, it shall be lawful for the Chief Judge, with one of the associate Justices of the said Court, to make such appointments.