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Wet op de Prijsgerichten, vastgesteld bij decreet van den Keizer van Japan den 20,t,n Augustus 1894.

PRIZE COURT LAW.

CHAPTER I.

Organization and competence of the prize court and higher prize court.

Art. 1. A prize affair shall be judged in the first instance in a prize court and in the second instance in the higher prize court.

Art. 2. In a prize court one chief judge and six assistant judges shall be appointed.

The chief judge shall be a judge of a court of appeal.

Of the assistant judges one shall be a naval officer, one a councillor of the legislative bureau and one a councillor of the secretary of the foreign department.

Art. 3. In the higher prize court one chief judge and eight assistant judges shall be appointed.

The chief judge shall be a privy councillor.

Of the assistant judges one shall be a privy councillor, two admirals, three judges of the supreme court, one the head of the legislative bureau and one the head of the political bureau of the foreign department.

Art. 4. The chief judges of the prize court and of the higher prize court shall superintend the affairs of the respective courts. When incapacitated from the discharge of their official duties they shall appoint assistant judges of the respective courts to take their places.

Art. 5. Two procurators shall be appointed both in a prize court and in the higher prize court.

The procurators of the prize court shall be public procurators and those of the higher prize court shall be the higher executive officials.

Art. 6. The chief judges, assistant judges and procurators of a prize court shall be appointed by the minister president of state with the sanction of the emperor.

Art. 7. Clerks shall be appointed in a prize court and in the higher prize court. Clerks shall be of hannin rank and shall be appointed by the heads of the respective courts.

Art. 8. Por the judgment of a prize court the joint determination of not less than five members, of whom the chief judge shall be one, shall be required, while for that of the

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