HUE AND CRY was the old common law process of pursuing with horn and voice all felons and such as had danger ously wounded another.
Though the term has in a great mea sure fallen into disuse, the process is still recognised by the law of England as a means of arresting felons without the warrant of a justice of the peace. Hue and cry may be raised either by the pre cept of a justice of the peace, or by a pri vate person who knows of the felony; who should acquaint the constable of the vitt with the circumstances and the person of the felon : though, if the constable is absent, hue and cry may be made without licence. When hue and cry is raised, all persons, as well constables as others, are bound to join in the pursuit and assist in the capture of the felon. A constable also who has a warrant against a felon may follow him by hue and cry into a different county from that in which the warrant was granted, without having the warrant backed. The pursuers are justi
fied in breaking the outer door of the house where the offender actually is, and are not liable to any punishment or suit if it should appear that the hue and cry was improperly raised, but the person raising the hue and cry wantonly and maliciously may be severely punished as a disturber of the publice. (Black stone, Com.; Stephens, Law.) A printed sheet called the Hue and Cry' is issued three times a week from the Police Court, Bow-street, which con tains descriptions of property stolen, no tices of robberies, and descriptions of sol diers who have deserted. Copies of this paper are sent to the police offices through out the country. The Hue and Cry' is published at the expense of the Home Office, and costs about 1200/. a year.