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Wednesday, 29 June 1904

Mr HIGGINS (NORTHERN MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) (Attorney-General) - The regulations as to the fees to be paid to any Commissioners appointed by the High Court for taking affidavits are made, not by the GovernorGeneral in Council but by Their Honours the Justices of the High Court. I have been in correspondence with His Honour the Chief Justice with regard to the fees which are payable to officers of the Federal Departments, and he has intimated his intention to so alter the rules as not to permit of officers of the Federal Departments receiving fees . iri addition to their ordinary salaries.

Mr Groom - Will that apply to the State Registrars who are acting as DeputyRegistrars of the High Court? >

Mr HIGGINS - That will depend to some extent upon the arrangements' made with the States. Another question is involved in the matter, to which attention has been directed by the honorable member for Laanecoorie,', namely, the extent of the charge for exhibits - rs. per page.

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