The borough has a separate commission of the peace, having a stipendiary magistrate since 1858.
The older part of the urban district is included in the parliamentary borough of Merthyr Tydfil, and also shares with Merthyr and Aberdare the services of a stipendiary magistrate.
All serious cases of crime are tried before a judge and jury, with the same formalities and safeguards as in England, while minor offences are dealt with by stipendiary magistrates possessing a limited statutory jurisdiction.
The council may by petition obtain the appointment of a stipendiary magistrate for the borough.
He was made pensionary (stipendiary magistrate) of Middelburg; and two years afterwards of Dort.
There are 66 resident (stipendiary) magistrates, and four police magistrates in Dublin.