How the justices ought to proceed in their eyre and in what order.
 1We must first see how [a general summons having been issued [to attend] before  the justices in eyre at an appointed day and place, a summons which ought to allow  at least a fortnight's2 interval,] they ought to proceed and in what order. [They  ought first to begin with the pleas of the crown, in which both major and minor  criminal actions are determined, unless the lord king has ordered them to proceed  in another way in some particular place.] First let the writs be read which authorize  and empower them to proceed on eyre, that their authority may be known. When  these have been heard, and if the justices so wish, let one of the senior and more  distinguished among them publicly declare in the presence of all the reason for their  coming, the purpose of the eyre and the advantage to be derived from keeping the  peace. These words used to be said by Martin of Pateshull. First of all, of the king's  peace and justice and the breaches thereof by murderers, robbers and burglars, who  commit their crimes by day and night, not only against those who journey from place  to place but even against those asleep in their beds. And [let him declare] that the  king orders all his lieges, in the faith whereby they are bound to him and as they wish  to save their possessions, to lend effective and diligent counsel and aid for the  preservation of his peace and justice and the suppression and extirpation of wrongdoing.  And more [may be said] to the like effect. These remarks having been made,  the justices ought to betake themselves to some private place and call before them  four or six or more of the greater men of the county, who are called the buzones3  of the county and on whose nod the views of the others depend, and let them consult  with those men in turn and explain how the king and his council have ordained that  all those who are fifteen years of age and more, knights as well as others, must swear  that they will not harbour outlaws, robbers or burglars, nor
1. Continued from 317, n. 3; reading: Videndum erit in primis qualiter, facta coram ...
2. Read xl for xv? Forty days: Fleta i, ca. 19; Britton, i, 19 (xl jours au meyns)
3. Lapsley in E.H.R., xlvii, 177, 545; Crown, Community and Parliament, 63