2 NOVEMBER 1872, Page 3

Lord Penzance has resigned his seat as Judge of the

Probate and Divorce Court, and will, it is believed, be succeeded by Baron Martin, to the immense relief of all criminals throughout Eng- land. The seat is probably of all the Judgeships the most diffi- cult one to fill. The work of the Probate Court is endless, and concerns, more or less directly, every family in England ; while in the Divorce Court the Judge must be something more than a good lawyer, or a patient investigator, or even an impartial man. He ought to be that rare character, a righteous man of the world, utterly careless of persons, and with an instinct for detecting false evidence. There is probably more flagrant perjury committed in the Divorce Court in any one year than in any other Court in five.