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Annual Report of the Attorney General [Doc. No. XIII.]

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Doc. No. 13.


November 1, 1855.

Sir, The attorney general makes the following report for the year 1855, of the state and condition of the several causes in which the commonwealth is a party, in the court of appeals, the circuit court of Henrico, and the circuit court of Richmond. I. In the court of appeals at Richmond 1. Slaughter v Commonwealth: Ready for hearing. 2. Commonwealth v Hanley: Writ of error not returned executed 3. Bishop v Commonwealth: Ready for hearing. The three foregoing cases are prosecutions for violations of the penal laws. The second for violation of the law imposing a fine on lawyers for practicing without license from the commissioner of the revenue. 4. Hooker v Commonwealth: A writ of error in a case of felony. Ready for hearing when the record is printed. There is no civil case in this court in which the commonwealth is a party. II. In the court of appeals at Lewisburg Escheator of Cabell v Cookus: A decision of an escheat adverse to the commonwealth, which has been some time pending for want of a complete record. It will probably be decided next term. No other case. III. In the special court of appeals at Richmond. 1. Commonwealth vs Rees and others: Process not returned executed on some of the appellees. 2. Commonwealth vs Anderson: An appeal from an order awarding a mandamus against the register of the land office to compel him to deliver a grant to Anderson for the land owned by the commonwealth on James river near Richmond. Ready for hearing. 3. Winston and others v Commonwealth: An appeal in a case in which the commonwealth has obtained its rights, and is no longer more than a nominal party.