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LIBRARY OF THE
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year of our Lord 1865,
By H. H. BANCROFT AND COMPANY, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the Northern District
of the State of California
The object of the following work is, to present the statutory law of California in as convenient and at the same time as complete a form as possible. With these purposes in view, the alphabetical arrangement has been adopted; all the general acts relating to the same subject are grouped together, and very full references given to special and local laws.
The annual statutes consist of fifteen volumes, containing many conficting provisions, and an immense and complicated mass of special legislation. To eliminate from these the general laws in force at the present time, to arrange them under appropriate divisions, and to illustrate them by copious references, is—as may readily be imagined-a work of no little difficulty. It can hardly be expected that the following attempt to accomplish all this is entirely free from errors; but the endeavor has been to make it thoroughly correct, and it is believed that it will be found reliable and valuable. The statutes are taken directly from the session laws, published by authority of the State, and are reprinted here without change or alteration, excepting the obvious and necessary striking out of repealed sections, and insertion of amendments.
For the purposes of convenience and of elucidating the law by its history, the repealed acts are all referred to, and the most importan repealed sections, or their substance, given in foot-notes. Full references are also given, under the heads of the respective counties, to all the acts of a special and local nature; and the decisions of the Supreme Court, construing statutory provisions, will be found noted in the margin. In regard to paging and numbering, the method of giving both page and paragraph, and thus occasioning a double column of figures in the index
and a double system of reference, is deemed unnecessarily cumbersome. The plan has therefore been adopted of numbering the paragraphs from the beginning to the end of the work, and paging by them. By this means, a single column of figures is needed in the index, confusion is avoided, and reference much simplified.
There are numerous minor details, which might be adverted to; but as the work is peculiarly of a kind which must depend for its success upon its own merits, if any it have, of accuracy, intelligibility, and general convenience, it is submitted to the public without further remark, in the earnest hope that it may supply the great want, so universally felt throughout the State, of a good Digest.
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