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were so vaguely defined that no conclusions could be formed from the
returns, of the nature of offence committed. In both departments, officers
of all grades were hampered by the panchdyat system, under which the
finding of too o'ten a few illiterate or even corrupt individuals formed the
basis of the court's decision. The pressure of their multifarious duties
rarely admitted of the European officers trying even important cases them-
selves, and this, added to the circumstances above mentioned, rendered
their control over the proceedings of the courts very superlicial.

Under the revised constitution of the Mysore .Vdministration, the
following officers held courts, either of original or appellate jurisdiction,
in civil and criminal matters : — One Judicial Commissioner ; three Super-
intendents of Divisions; eight Deputy Superintendents of Districts;
two Judges of the Small Cause Court, one European and one Native ;
ten Assistant Superintendents, European, of whom one was employed
as Superintendent of Police in the Bangalore Cantonment and three
were probationary ; fifteen Assistant Superintendents, Native ; and
eighty-six Amildars of taluq.s. Of the above, however, the Judges of
the Small Cause Court took no part in the criminal, and the Superin-
tendent of Police, Bangalore Cantonment, took no part in the civil
work of the Province.

Tiic pay of the Amildars was raised, by wiiich the services of more
efficient and trustwortliy men were obtained. Tiie .Munsiffs and Judges of
the Huzur Adalat were represented by the class of Native .Assistants, on
liberal and progressive salaries, and whose promotion depended on depart-
mental examination tests. A complete but simple code of rules for the
guidance of Amildars in the decision of civil suits, compiled partly from



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(kayam gutta). ment lands).

2. Villages on a progressive rental 2. ]5atayi, or division of produce.

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