Article 14: The public
documents, testaments, and orders of execution or of payment of which preceding
articles treat whose amount does not reach three thousand pesos and exceeds
Article 15: The titles
of employments or offices and certificates of which the preceding
articles speak whose income reaches four hundred pesos.
Article 16: None
Article 17: The licenses
and letters of examination of all the offices, and those which are granted
to have ships, drinking houses, eating houses, taverns, hotels, lodging-houses,
and the rest of this kind.
Article 18: The books
of the ayuntamientos (municipal governments) of the capitals of provinces,
those of the cities, those of the cathedrals, and those of the consulates
and commercial companies authorized by the government, and those of
insurance of any class.
Article 19: The briefs
(informes) of purity of blood, merits, services, life and customs, and
the definite judicial decrees, which are given concerning them.
Article 20: The public
documents, testaments, orders of execution or of payment of which the preceding
articles speak whose amount reaches two thousand pesos; and the
powers-of-attorney for litigations.
Article 21: The quittances
or certificates of them which are given by the Tribunal of Accounts, or
any other offices where they are rendered, if the amount does not exceed
two thousand pesos and reaches one thousand.
Article 22: The titles
of employments or offices and certificates of which the preceding article
speak whose income does not reach four hundred pesos.
Article 23: The books
of the ayuntamientos (municipal governments) of the towns, those
of the collegiate and parochial churches, and those of merchants private
commercial companies (companias de comercio particulares).
Article 24: The
proofs, which are made for presentation in court.
Article 25: The
certified copies of judicial decrees, which are given to the litigants
to aid the Superior (Court) in an appeal, or for protection of their
Article 26: The
writs, which are issued by the Royal Audiencias at the instance of a litigant.
Article 27: On
this stamp must be extended all judicial actuations in affairs of
litigants, petitions, allegations, notifications, judicial decrees, adjusted
briefs (memoriales ajustados), papers in equity (papeles en derecho), not
only in the ordinary courts, but also because a prosecution (instancia)
which is not written on stamped paper of the third class can
neither be presented nor received by any Judge, Authority, Secretary’s
Office, Notary’s Office, or other office, in the sense that in this matter
no exception or personal privilege can be
admitted, in conformity with that declared by the Royal Order of the third
of September of 1825.
Article 28: The memorials
which are presented before any Authority, the letters (esquelas) which
are delivered to call attention to the petitions previously made and presented
not being included in the disposition.
Article 29: The judicial
records and registers of the Notaries-Public in which are entered the ocuments
of contracts, obligations, testaments, and the rest that pass before them
whatever the amount maybe.
Article 30: The intermediate
sheets of all contracts, testaments, foundations, titles, certificates,
licenses, judicial proofs or any other document which requires a stamp
of a higher class, always and without exception, as for the first and last
Article 31: The intermediate
sheets of the certified copies of judicial decrees, which are given as
a first copy to, the litigants for appeal to the Superior Court or for
the protection of their rights
Article 32: The quittances
and certificates of them which are give by the Tribunal of Accounts, or
any other office where they are rendered, for amounts less than one thousand
Article 33: The certificates
which are given by the Accounting Offices, Secretary’s Offices, Notary’s
Offices, Courts, Ministers, or Ecclesiastical or Secular Authorities,
or by any other office, of that which may appear in their roles or books.
Article 34: The Books
of cognizance of giving and taking (do dar y temar), lawsuits, consultations,
expedientes (papers pertaining to any matter), briefs, or any other
memorandums of Secretaries, Clerks of a high court of Justice, Notaries,
Reporters, Attorneys and Agents, and those of entry and
departure prisoners, of visitations (visits) and of resolutions (acuerdos).
Article 35: The use
of official paper shall continue as heretofore
and with the applications which it had since its origin, there being written
on it the actuations, either judicial or extra judicial, which are of official
origin, and which are comprehended in the preceding articles relating to
the affairs of litigants.
Article 36: The books
of cognizance of the Fiscals (Prosecuting Attorneys).
Article 37: The Intermediate
sheets of the certified copies of judicial decrees which are
ordered to be given in duplicate or triplicate to the litigant parties
to appeal to the Superior (Court) or for the protection of their right,
it being understood that the first copy was written on the stamp of the
third class and (this) being noted by the Clerk on the succeeding copies
and on the Judicial record. This regulation is not to be applied
to the copies of the documents of the judicial record (protocolo) nor to
the registers of the Clerks, since whenever they are given by him, or by
order of the judge, they must be on the paper of the corresponding stamp
Article 38: In the
principal offices of the Royal Treasury and in the other dependencies of
the department in which there must be prepared books of receipts and records
of property and funds, contracts with the Department of Public
Revenue, or other records which exact a rigorous intervention,
ordinary paper shall be used for those, with the exception of the first
and last sheets, which shall be on official paper, marking on the first
leaf the purpose of the book, the number of leaves which it contains, the
stamped leaves and the principal Chiefs signing it with a complete signature,
by whom the remaining sheets shall be initialed. The other
books of special records, of which Treasurers, Accountants, or Administrators
of Public Revenues set up for their guidance may be on
ordinary paper, but always paged and signed by the respective Chiefs.
Article 39: There
shall be no innovation in the established practice for the issue of permits,
expert licenses, passports, and safe-conduct of merchandise, fruits and
cattle with respect to the internal traffic; nor also in those which are
issued for the transportation of fruits and goods by
sea from port to port of the dependency of the same Captain General.