August 1491

Whenever hereafter it may happen that the bailiffs, through preferential treatment or negligence, fail or refuse to enforce any aspect of these ordinances, or for the same reasons fail to punish and properly correct the breaker or breakers of the same, or refuse to levy any fine or amercement that has been affeered or assessed upon anyone for breaking or disobeying any aspect of the ordinances, and the bailiffs' faults are discovered by the verdict of [the inquest of] 12 men [held] before the bailiffs who succeed them, then every [former] bailiff found deficient shall for each fault pay a fine of £5, to be levied on his goods to the profit of the community.