(a) The word “magistrate” may be construed to mean a justice, or a clerk acting as a justice, of a district court.
(b) The words “written” and “in writing” include printing, engraving, lithographing, and photo-lithographing, and all other representations of words in letters of the usual form.
(c) The words “preceding” and “following,” whenever used by way of reference to any chapter or section of the general laws, shall be construed to mean the chapter or section next preceding or next following; and whenever reference is made in the general laws to a title, chapter, or section without further description, the reference shall be construed to mean the designated title, chapter, or section of the general laws.
(G.L. 1896, ch. 26, § 20; G.L. 1909, ch. 32, § 20; G.L. 1923, ch. 32, § 20; G.L. 1938, ch. 309, § 20; G.L. 1956, § 43-3-16.)