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8.    And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that if any person shall me maimed, wounded or disabled, in pursuing, apprehending, or taking any slave that is runaway or charged with any criminal offence, or in doing any other act, matter or thing, in obedience to or in pursuance of the direction of this Act, he shall receive such reward from the public, as the General Assembly shall think fit; and if any such person shall be killed his heirs, executors or administrators, shall receive the like reward.

9.    And whereas, natural justice forbids that any person, of what condition soever, should be condemned unheard, and the order of civil government requires that for the due and equal administration of justice, some convenient method and form of trial should be established;

    Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, that all crimes and offences which shall be committed by slaves in this Province, and for which capital punishment shall or lawfully may be inflicted, shall be heard, examined, tried, adjudged and finally determined by any two justices assigned to keep the peace, and any number of freeholders not less than three or more than five, in the county where the offences shall be committed, and who lives in the parts adjacent, and can be most conveniently assembled; either of which justices, on complaint made or information received of any such offence committed by a slave, shall commit the offender to the safe custody of the constable of the parish where such offence shall be committed, and shall without delay, by warrant under his hand and seal, call to his assistance and request any one of the nearest justices of the peace to associate with him, and shall, by the same warrant, summon such a number of the neighboring freeholders as aforesaid, to assemble and meet together with the said justices, at a certain day and place, not exceeding three days after the apprehending of such slave or slaves; and the justices and the freeholders being so assembled, shall cause the slave accused or charged, to be brought before them, and shall hear the accusation which shall be brought against, such slave, and his or her defense, and shall proceed to the examination of witnesses and other evidences, and finally to hear and determine the matter brought before them, in the most summary and expeditious manner; and in case the offender shall be convicted of any crime for which by laws the offender ought to suffer death, the said justices shall give judgment, and award and cause execution of their sentence to be done, by inflicting such manner of death, and at such time, as the said justices, by and with the consent of the freeholders, shall direct and which they shall judge will be most effectual to deter others from offending in the like manner.

American negro slaves10.    And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that if any crime or offence not capital, shall be committed by any slave, such slave shall be proceeded against and tried for such offence in the manner herein before directed, by any on justice of the peace and any two freeholders of the county where the offence shall be committed, and can be most conveniently assembled; and the said justice and freeholders shall be assembled, summoned an called together, and shall proceed upon the trial of any slave who shall commit any offence not capital, in the like manner as it shall be convicted before them of any offence not capital, the said on justice, by and with the consent of the said freeholders, shall give judgment for the inflicting any corporal punishment; not extending to the taking away life or member, as he and they in their discretion shall think fit, and shall award and cause execution to be done accordingly.

    Provided always that if the said one justice and two freeholders upon examination of any slave charged or accused before them for an offence not capital, shall find the same to be a greater offence, and may deserve death, they shall, with all convenient speed, summons and request the assistance of another justice and one or more freeholders, not exceeding three, which said justice and freeholders newly assembled, shall join with the justice and freeholders first assemble, and shall proceed in the trial, and upon final judgment and execution, if the case shall so require, in manner as is hereinbefore directed for the trial of capital offences.

11.    And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that two justices and one freeholder, or one justice and two freeholders, of the said two justices and three freeholders, shall make a quorum, and the conviction or acquittal of any slave or slaves by such a quorum of them shall be final in all capital cases; but on the trial of slaves for offences not capital, it shall and may be sufficient if before sentence or judgment shall be given for inflicting a corporal punishment, not extending to life or member, that one justice and any one of the freeholders shall agree that the slave accused is guilty of the offence with which he shall be charged.

12.    And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that so soon as the justice or justices and freeholders shall be assembled as aforesaid, in pursuance of the direction of this Act, the said justices shall administer to each other the following oath.

I, A B, do solemnly swear, in the presence of Almighty God, that I will truly and impartially try and adjudge the prisoner or prisoners who shall be brought before me, upon is or their trial, and honestly and duly, on my party, put in execution, on this trial, an Act entitled An Act for the better ordering and governing Negroes and other slaves in this Province, according to the best of my skill and knowledge. So help me God.

And the said justice or justices, having taken the aforesaid oath, shall immediately administer the said oath to every freeholder who shall be assembled as aforesaid, and shall forthwith proceed upon the trial of such slave or slaves as shall be brought before them.

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