A certiorari proceeding commenced in the Superior Court could not be and was not transferred to this court by a purported order of transfer by a judge of the Superior Court, and a report of the case by a single justice of this court brought nothing to the full court and must be dismissed.
PETITION for a writ of certiorari filed in the Superior Court on December 1, 1955.
Following a purported transfer of the case to the Supreme Judicial Court for the county of Middlesex by a judge of the Superior Court, there was a reservation and report by Counihan, J.
In this court the case was submitted on briefs.
George P. Lordan & Wilfred J. Peltier, for the petitioner.
Edward F. Mahony & Samuel H. Cohen, Assistant Attorneys General, for the respondent.
QUA, C.J. Proceedings in this case appear to have been irregular throughout. The action was begun by a petition for a writ of certiorari in the Superior Court. The docket entries show a purported transfer of the case to this court by order of a judge of the Superior Court. A justice of this court may order such a transfer. G. L. (Ter. Ed.) c. 213, Section 1A, as appearing in St. 1941, c. 180; Section 1B, inserted by St. 1939, c. 257, Section 1. C. 214, Section 32. But we are not aware of any authority under which a judge of the Superior Court may do so. No return has been filed by the respondent. Instead, the parties attempted to stipulate that the agreed
statement of facts filed in the case of Winch v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles, ante, 271, should apply to this case as well. Thereupon the single justice of this court reported the case without decision. Since the case does not appear ever to have been in this court, the report brought nothing to the full court and must be dismissed.
It may not be out of place to add that in our opinion the decision in the Winch case covers the issues intended to be raised in this case.