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Excerpt from Precedents of Indictments
County Of Somerset to wit, or Somersetshire to wit or, where the jurisdiction is limited to a city which is a county of itself, or a city or borough, as thus, County of the City and County Of Bristol to wit, or City and Borough Of Bath to wit, or Borough Of Bridgwater in the County Of Somerset to wit, or Central Criminal Court to wit. The appropriate venue is always easily ascertainable.
Before the passing Of 14 15 Vict. C. 100, it was necessary that the place, or special venue, as it was termed, should be added to every material fact alleged in the indictment, but by sec. 23 Of this statute, it is enacted that it shall not be necessary to state any venue in the body of any indictment, but the county, city, or other jurisdiction named in the margin thereof shall be taken to be the venue for all the facts stated in the body Of such indictment; provided that in cases where local description* is or hereafter shall be required, such local description shall be given in the body Of the indictment.
By the same section it is enacted that where an Indictment for an Offence committed in the county Of any city or town corporate shall be preferred at the assizes of the adjoining county, such county of the city or town shall be deemed the venue, and may either be stated in the margin Of the indictment with or without the name Of the county in which the Offender is to be tried, or be stated in the body Of the indictment by way Of venue.
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