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A Constitutional History of India, 1600-1935 by Keith Arthur. Berriedale

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By Keith Arthur. Berriedale

This publication, first released in 1936, presents a entire description and research of each constitutional point of British rule in India from 1600 to 1936. starting with an outline of the East India corporation earlier than Plassey, its structure, management of settlements, and relation to the Indian states, the booklet closes with an account of the reforms of the Nineteen Thirties, the occasions major as much as the White Paper and an research and elucidation of the govt. of India Act 1935.

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3] THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS 35 By Section 3 provision was made for the establishment of a Court of Judicature for the decision of all suits in criminal matters under a judge appointed by the governor and council, trials to be by jury of twelve Englishmen unless one party to the dispute was not English when half the jury was to be nonEnglish. There was to be a right of appeal from the court to the governor and council, which was constituted the supreme court for the island. Authority was also given for the appointment of justices of the peace and constables, for the maintenance of order, apprehension of criminals, etc.

It continued to be operative for many years. At an uncertain date there were adopted, and were enforced in 1729 at any rate, selections from the articles of war which were 1 Anson, The Crown (ed. Keith), ii, 203. 3 THE COMPANY BEFORE PLASSEY 34 [Chap. ' These articles were applied in 1747 by the Madras government to their forces, 2 and in 1748 the regulations framed by the Company itself provided that military offences should be tried according to the rules, customs, and articles of war in His Majesty's service.

The Europeans might without injury to the native State be allowed to govern themselves according to their own laws. Obviously a local ruler could not be expected to tolerate disorderly conduct or injuries inflicted on his subjects, and it is significant that the charter of 1605 of James I to the Levant Company avoids ascribing criminal jurisdiction proper to the Company's consuls in the East, and this branch of their jurisdiction seems to have been of later development. 2 In the light of these facts it is easy to understand the terms of the charter of privileges which Captain Lancaster obtained from the King of Achin on his first voyage.

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