OF THE FINAL JURISDICTION OF JUSTICES OF THE PEACE IN CRIMINAL ACTIONS.
SEC. 1. Jurisdiction given:
Justices of the Peace shall have Power to hear, try and determine, in the manner prescribed in this chapter, criminal actions, for the offences hereinafter enumerated, committed under the circumstances stated.
SEC. 2. Assaults and batteries:
Assaults, and assaults and batteries where no deadly weapon was used, and no serious damage was done, and where the punishment imposed by law does not exceed fifty dollars’ fine or one month’s imprisonment.”
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Public Laws of the State of North Carolina, Passed by the General Assembly at Its Session 1868-‘69, to Which Are Prefixed the Constitution of the State and a Register of State Officers, Members of the General Assembly and Judiciary: With the Auditor’s Statement of the Public Revenue and Expenditure (Raleigh, NC: M. S. Littlefield, 1869), 447. Chapter 178—Of Proceedings in Criminal Cases, Chapter 4—Of the Final Jurisdiction of Justices of the Peace in Criminal Actions, § 2. Ratified April 12, 1869.
 Chapter 178 is the overarching chapter and its numbering fits within the chapter numbering of the text as a whole. Chapter 4 is contained wholly within chapter 178 and is the last of four sub-chapters found therein.