A blog about living in Aberdeen, New Jersey.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

History: County Sheriffs in NJ Lose Earnings from Bankruptcy Fees (1878)

The 28 Sep 1878 edition of The Matawan Journal said that county sheriffs in New Jersey had stopped receiving an "additional twenty-five cent fee" related to their duties related to Federal bankruptcies as of 31 Aug 1878.

After the Federal government passed the Bankruptcy Act of 1846 (An Act to establish a uniform system of bankruptcy throughout the United States), Trenton passed a statute authorizing a schedule of fees for state officials handling bankruptcies. When the 1846 Act was revised 2 Mar 1867, Trenton revised its fees the next year.

On 14 Mar 1871, Trenton passed a supplement to the state fee statute authorizing county sheriffs to receive a fee of "twenty-five percentum additional in each case for all services to be by them performed." (Doesn't sound like 25 cents to me.)

The 1871 supplement included a caveat that the fee to sheriffs would no longer be authorized if the original Federal Act expired. Wikipedia's History of Bankruptcy Law in the US (footnote 3) says the Act of Mar. 2, 1867 was recorded as section 11, 14 Stat. 521, amended in 1874 as 18 Stat. 182, and repealed in 1878.


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