Grand Jury (Ireland) Act, 1836

Certain counties may be divided into two ridings or districts, &c.

176. And whereas, from the great extent of certain counties in Ireland, and the inconvenient situation of the towns where the assizes are now held in respect to other parts of said counties, it may be expedient that a second assize town should be appointed at which assizes shall be holden for part of said counties, and for that purpose that the said counties should be divided into two districts or ridings: Be it therefore enacted, that it shall and may be lawful for the lord lieutenant, by and with the advice of the privy council, to order and direct that any county in Ireland shall be divided into two ridings or districts, and to direct and appoint what baronies or half baronies or other portions of land shall be contained in each of said ridings, and to order and direct that assizes and sessions under the commissioners of assize and general gaol delivery, and other commissions for the dispatch of civil and criminal business, or that any special commission or commissions of oyer and terminer and gaol delivery, should be holden in and for any county which now is or hereafter may be so divided at such town within the same as shall be deemed most expedient for the purpose, in addition to and in like manner as the same are now holden at the usual assize town.