[Ratification of the act of 1579 regarding the discharge of private writings, charges and commands to the lords of session]

The advocates' act ratifying and reviving the 92nd act of the 6th parliament in the year 1579 regarding the discharge of private writings for delay of justice2

Our sovereign lord and estates of this present parliament, considering the prejudice sustained by the lieges in the delay of justice and staying of the execution of sentences by private writings and warrants purchased by parties for their own particular ends for this effect, for remedy whereof our said sovereign lord, with advice and consent of the estates of parliament, has ratified and revived and by the tenor hereof ratifies and revives the 92nd act of the sixth parliament held by his majesty's late dearest father of eternal memory in the year 1579 entitled 'Regarding the admission of private writings, charges and commands to the lords of session', whereby our said sovereign lord's late dearest father, with advice of the estates of that parliament, upon a supplication then given in in parliament by the chancellor, president and other senators of the college of justice, declared, determined and ordained the lords of council and session to proceed in all civil causes intended and depending before them or to be intended, and to cause execute the decreets already given or to be given by them, notwithstanding any private writing, charge or command at the instance of any person or persons directed or to be directed in the contrary, as the said act in the self more fully purports in the whole heads, articles and clauses of the same act. And ordains the said act hereby ratified and revived to have full force, strength and effect and to stand as a law, according to the tenor thereof in all time coming.

10 November 1641

Read in audience of the nobility.

  1. NAS, PA6/5, 'November 9 and 10 1641'.
  2. This clause is written on the rear of the document.