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Delhi as a district legal entity was recognised by the Proclamation Notification No.911 dated 17.09.1912 issued by Governor General of India in Council. By this Notification, Delhi came under the immediate authority and management of the Governor General of India in Council and Mr. William Malcolm Hailey, C.I.E., I.C.S. was appointed the first Chief Commissioner of Delhi. Simultaneously the Delhi Laws Act, 1912 was enacted for enforcing the existing laws in Delhi.
On 22.02.1915 the area falling on the other side of the river Yamuna (now known as Trans Yamuna) was also included in the newly created province of Delhi.
One of the first-class magistrates had always the powers of District Magistrate to enable him to try serious cases, and thus the District Magistrate and Section Judges were relieved of undesirable strain. The honorary magistrates were all but two located in Delhi itself, where they usually sat as a bench for the trial of minor offences (chiefly assault cases), which occurred in the city.
A bench consisting of a Hindu and a Mohammedan, with Second-Class powers, was constituted for Raisina (New Delhi) in 1912 to deal with cases within the limits of the Imperial Delhi Municipal Committee to which the exercise of their powers was confined. The Najafgarh Bench of two Magistrates with Third Class powers was constituted in 1921, having the power throughout the province.