B.A. - Barnewall & Alderson's King's Bench Reports (England); Book of Awards (New Zealand)

New Zealand and United Kingdom.

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Published since 1894.

United Kingdom

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Forming part of the English Reports, Volume 106 (from 1817 to 1822).

The B. & A. Common Law Court of King's Bench law report continued from Maule & Selwyn - Mau. & Sel. - and was itself continued by Barewall but collaborating with Cresswell, the law report being known as Barnewall and Cresswell - Barn. & Cress.

Of Richard Vaughan Barnewall (1780 - 1842), who lived from 1780 to 1842:

"Barrister-at-law, ... began his education at Stonyhurst College ... and completed it at the University of Edinburgh. Was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1806, having previously read in the Chambers of Blick, an eminent special pleader, and for some years practised at the Surrey Sessions and on the home circuit. In 1817 he turned his attention to reporting in the Court of King's Bench, and was thenceforth mainly occupied with that important and laborious branch of legal business until his retirement from professional labour in 1834. In this work he was successively associated with (1) Alderson, afterwards baron of the ex- chequer, between 1817 and 1822, (2) Cresswell, afterwards justice of the common pleas, between 1822 and 1830, (3) Adolphus, between 1830 and 1834. In the latter year, having succeeded to some property ... he retired from active life.... The reports which comprise the whole of the period during which Lord Tenterden presided in the court of King's Bench, as well as the last year of Lord Ellenborough's, and the first two of Lord Denman's presidency, there are of great value, by reason both of the importance of the decisions recorded therein, and of the accuracy with which they are recorded. Barnewall died at his chambers in the Temple (on) January 29, 1842, and was buried in Paddington Churchyard. He was never married."1

Of Sir Edward Hall Alderson, Holdsworth wrote:

"Alderson (1787 to January, 1857) was the son of a recorder of Norwich, Ipswich, and Yarmouth. He was educated at Caius College, Cambridge, where he took the highest honours both classics and mathematics. He was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1811, and from 1817 to 1822, he was the reporter, with Barnewall, in the King's Bench. He soon acquired a leading practice at Westminster and on the Northern Circuit; and in 1828 he was appointed one of the commissioners to enquire into the practice and procedure of the courts of common law. We have seen that an Act of 1830 had created additional judges in the common law. courts. Alderson, though still only a junior counsel, was, on the suggestion of Pollock (the future Chief Baron), appointed the additional Judge of the Common Pleas under this Act. In 1834, in pursuance of an agreement made with Lyndhurst when he was raised to the bench, he removed to the Exchequer where he took charge of the equity side of the court. He remained a judge of the court till his death. He was a learned, vigorous, and efficient judge, and particularly good as a criminal lawyer. His one fault was a tendency to come to too rapid a decision at the opening of a case. But he was, says Foss, a popular judge with juries, 'and while sitting in Banco he had much influence in the decisions of the court.' He had a sense of humour, and never lost his love of literature. Some of his poetical pieces have been printed by his son."

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