The borough has a separate commission of the peace, having a stipendiary magistrate since 1858.
He was made pensionary (stipendiary magistrate) of Middelburg; and two years afterwards of Dort.
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.
There are 66 resident (stipendiary) magistrates, and four police magistrates in Dublin.