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Annual abstract of registers to be sent to lord lieutenant, and laid before Parliament. 61. In every case in which any registrar shall be removed from or cease to hold the said office, all register boxes, keys, books, documents, and papers in his possession as such registrar shall be given as soon as conveniently may be to his successor in office; and if any person shall refuse to give up any such box, key, books, documents, or papers in such case as aforesaid it shall be lawful for any justice of the peace for the county or other jurisdiction where such person shall be or reside, upon application made for that purpose, to issue a warrant under his hand and seal for bringing such person before any two justices of the peace for the said county or other jurisdiction; and upon such person appearing, or not being found, it shall be lawful for such justices to hear and determine the matter in a summary way; and if it shall appear to the justices that any such box, key, books, documents, or papers are in the custody or power of any such person, and that he has refused or wilfully neglected to deliver the same, the said justices shall commit such offender to the [prison] for the said county or jurisdiction, there to remain without bail until he shall have delivered up the same, or until satisfaction shall have been given in respect thereof to the person in whose custody the same ought to be; and the said justices may grant a warrant to search for such box, key, books, documents, or papers, as in the case of stolen goods, in any dwelling house or other premises in which any credible witness shall prove upon oath before them that there is reasonable cause to suspect the same to be; and the same when found shall be delivered to the person in whose custody they ought to be.
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