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Graham v. Pocock, 1870

[customs duties]

Graham v. Pocock

Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
22 July 1870
Source: The Times, 23 July, 1870

JUDICIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL, July 22.
(Present - Lord Cairns, Sir J. Colville, Sir J. Napier, and Sir L. Peel.)
GRAHAM v. POCOCK. - JUDGMENT.
  This case, which was part heard yesterday, was concluded today and judgment pronounced. It was an appeal by the acting Collector of Customs of the Cape of Good Hope as to certain goods declared by the Supreme Court of the colony to be forfeited to the Crown by reason of a defective bill of entry. Certain carriages, a large quantity of corks, and packages of glass ware were shipped from London to the Cape. The Court below had decreed the corks to be forfeited, and questions were raised as to the other goods.
  Mr. Mellish, Q.C., (with whom was Mr. H. Shield) argued the case on the part of the Crown.
  Lord Cairns gave judgment, and after lucidly reviewing several questions, said their Lordships would allow the appeal, and direct that treble value on certain goods be paid to the Crown.
  The sittings are drawing to a close, and Tuesday next is stated to be the last day until after the Long Vacations.

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