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Suits brought. on pretended rights. They are sometimes brought, usually on a pretended wager, for the purpose of obtaining the opinion of the court on a point of law. An action brought solely to obtain a judicial opinion on an issue of fact or law. Courts of justice were constituted for the purpose of deciding really existing questions of right between parties, and they are not bound to answer impertinent questions which persons think proper to ask them in the form of an action on a wager. Such an attempt has been held to be a contempt of court; and Lord Hardwicke in such a case committed the parties and their attorneys. The court of the king's bench fined an attorney forty pounds for stating a special case for the opinion of the court, the greater part of which statement was fictitious.

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