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English Law. More famous things about England

Updated on September 16, 2013

As a few of you know English law is steeped in History. The signing of the Magna Carta in the thirteenth century started the development of the law as we know it today in English speaking countries. Law developed by the Houses of Parliament together with the Common Law as it is referred is one of the things that binds or separates English speaking societies from Anarchy.

English Law

Much of the case law that Australian and British Courts follow is derived from cases that have been heard and a precedent set over the last four hundred years. For those non lawyer's out there. The idea of the law is that people are meant to be treated equally when a given set of fact which are similar is put before a Judge.

Take for instance one of the most Famous cases in English Law is the case of Donahue v Stevenson (1932). This is a case which established in English law the tort of negligence. From this case a precedent was established in which everyone has a duty of care to their neighbour. In other words you could be sue d for negligent acts which caused harm to your neighbour. I use the term neighbour rather loosely it means in effect other people with whom in some way you come into contact.

Much of Australian law follows the English legal system which was imported into the country shortly after white settlement. Their is still conjecture as to the relationship and interaction of Aboriginal law into the white judicial system. Australia now has a large amount of case law itself which guides courts into making judgments. since 1986 people in Australia final court of appeal is the High Court of Australia. No longer can we appeal as we once could to the English Privy Council. In England there is considerable reform taking place at the moment and soon the final court of appeal will no longer be the traditional Privy Council of the House of

Old Bailey

The Old Bailey as it's known represents the historic Criminal Courts in London where all major criminal cases are heard for Londer and the Greater outer London.

The court originated as the sessions house of the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs of the City of London and of Middlesex. The original medieval court was first mentioned in 1585; it was next to the older Newgate prison, and seems to have grown out of the endowment to improve Newgate prison and rooms for the Sheriffs, made possible by a gift from Sir Richard Whittington. It was destroyed in the 1666 Fire of London and rebuilt in 1674, with the court open to the weather to prevent the spread of disease. In 1734 it was re-fronted, enclosing the court and reducing the influence of spectators: this led to outbreaks of typhus, notably in 1750 when sixty people died, including the Lord Mayor and two judges. It was rebuilt again in 1774 and a second courtroom was added in 1824.

Old Bailey London:
Old Bailey, City of London, EC4M 7, UK

get directions

The Economist English Magazine

The Economist Magazines is one of those Magazine which i alway interested to read no matter how out of date they are.

The Economist Online is an English-language weekly news and international affairs publication owned by The Economist Newspaper Ltd. and edited in an office in the City of Westminster, London. Continuous publication began under founder James Wilson in September 1843. While The Economist calls itself a "newspaper", each issue appears on glossy paper, like a news magazine. In 2009, it reported an average circulation of just over 1.4 million copies per issue, about half of which are sold in North America.

The Economist claims it "is not a chronicle of economics."Rather, it aims "to take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress."


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    • bingskee profile image


      8 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      interesting.. i think i have to start the research on magazines and books about my country. and maybe post thingies like this, too. :-)

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      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      thanks for your comment vrajavala

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      8 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      there are some major differences between English common law and American law. One in particular is that there is a qualification to be President, that derives from a Swiss legalist, Emerich de Vattel. Article II of the US Constitution states that to be President one must be a "natural born citizen", which de Vattel defines as one born of 2 American parents on American soil. Obama, of course, is a British subject, having been born of a British overseas subject.


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