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Portrait of Thomas Gage.

Thomas Gage was the Governor of Massachusetts in 1774.

Administration of Justice Act Quick Facts

May 20, 1774

Quick Facts About Administration of Justice Act

The British Parliament enacted the Administration of Justice Act on May 20, 1774.

The Administration of Justice Act was one of the Coercive, or Intolerable Acts, enacted by Parliament in reaction to the Boston Tea Party.

The Administration of Justice Act authorized the governor of Massachusetts to move trials of royal officials accused of capital offenses to another colony or to Great Britain if he believed the accused would not receive a fair trial.

The Administration of Justice Act applied only to royal officials who committed capital offenses in the act of performing official duties for the crown.

The Administration of Justice Act applied only to the colony of Massachusetts.

The Administration of Justice Act and the other Coercive Acts provided further ammunition for a growing radical element in the colonies and prompted the calling of the First Continental Congress on September 5, 1774.

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  • Article Title Administration of Justice Act Quick Facts
  • Coverage May 20, 1774
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  • Keywords administration of justice act, 1774, murder act, coercive act, intolerable acts, restraining acts
  • Website Name American History Central
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  • Access Date November 18, 2018
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
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  • Date of Last Update January 12, 2018