Common Law Library

We now come to a period of steady growth in the common law covering just over a century and a quarter (1272-1399). The reign of Edward I is marked by one of the greatest outbursts of reforming legislation in English history until the nineteenth century. The first Statute of Westminster (1275) made numerous changes in procedure, many of them designed to protect the subject against the King’s officers, for the evidence collected by the commission of inquiry set up in the previous year had revealed a good deal of oppression.

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  • Common Law Application - When the  Statute Law on a subject is silent, the Common Law is to govern it; and what is the Common Law, depends upon principle and precedent.
  • Common Law of India - Common law of England. Criminal Law The common law of England in relation to crimes, except so far as the same relates to the modes and degrees of punishment, shall be of […]
  • Common law practice -
  • United Kingdom Common Law Procedure Act 1852 [UK] - WHEREAS the Process, Practice, and Mode of Pleading in the Superior Courts of Common Law at Westminster may be rendered more simple and speedy : Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by […]
  • D.D.A. Appellant Versus Mahender Singh and Another[ALL SC 2009 MARCH] - KEYWORDS:- COMMON LAW PRINCIPLES- INTEREST DATE:-20-03-2009- “As the Act is a self-contained Code, common law principles of justice, equity and good conscience cannot be extended in awarding interest, contrary to or beyond […]
  • Difference between the practice in the Court of Chancery and in Common Law Courts - ‘Harlock v. Ashberry’, (1881) 19 Ch D 84 (C), which sets out the law obtaining in England on this point. Lush L. J., points out the difference that existed between the practice […]
  • Advocate Distinction between Civil Law And Common Law - The legal system of a country can be identified as either following Common Law system or a Civil law system. A rough estimation that around Eighty countries follows common Law system, they […]
  • Equity Appeal - In common law cases the appellate court could ordinarily review only rulings of law. In equity cases, on the other hand, the appellate court could review findings of fact as well as conclusions of law. […]
  • History of the Common Law of England by Matthew Hale 1713 - The Laws of England may aptly enough be divided into two Kinds, viz. Lex Scripta, the written Law: and Lex non Scripta, the unwritten Law: For although (as shall be shewn hereafter) all the Laws of this Kingdom have some Monuments or Memorials thereof in Writing, yet all of them have not their Original in Writing; for some of those Laws have obtain'd their Force by immemorial Usage or Custom, and such Laws are properly call'd Leges non Scriptae, or unwritten Laws or Customs.
  • Indian Courts in absence of any specific law are enjoined to decide cases “according to justice, equity and good conscience.” - The Indian Courts in the absence of any specific law are enjoined to decide cases “according to justice, equity and good conscience.” The expression “justice, equity and good conscience” has been interpreted […]
  • M. C. Verghese Versus T. J. Ponnan and another[ALL SC 1968 NOVEMBER] - KEYWORDS:-DEFAMATION – COMMON LAW PRINCIPLES-Libellous communication- DATE:-13-11-1968 AIR 1970 SC 1876 : (1969) 2 SCR 692 : (1970) CriLJ SC 1651 (SUPREME COURT OF INDIA) M. C. Verghese Appellant Versus T. J. […]
  • M.V.AL. Quamar vs Tsavliris Salvage (International) Ltd. and other[ALL SC 2000 AUGUST] - KEYWORDS:-Admiralty matter-Common law principles- common law of India- DATE:- 17-08-2000 AIR 2000 SC 2826 : (2000) 2 Suppl. SCR 440 : (2000) 8 SCC 278 : JT 2000 (9) SC 184 : […]
  • Master of Laws (LLM) in Common Law: The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Master of Laws (LLM) in Common Law   The common law is a dynamic and exciting legal system which unites millions of people across the world, in such varied cultures as Hong […]
  • P. Malai Chami Versus M. Andi Ambalam and others[ALL SC 1973 APRIL] - KEYWORDS:-COMMON LAW-SUIT IN EQUITY- ELECTION PETITION- DATE:-18-04-1973- AIR 1973 SC 2077 : (1973) 3 SCR 1016 : (1973) 2 SCC 170 (SUPREME COURT OF INDIA) P. Malai Chami Appellant Versus M. Andi […]
  • R G. Anand Appellant Versus Delux Films and others[ALL SC 1978 August] - KEYWORDS:- COPYRIGHT – COMMON LAW PRINCIPLES-Infringement of a copyright- DATE:-18-08-1978 AIR 1978 SC 1613 : (1979) 1 SCR 218 : (1978) 4 SCC 118 (SUPREME COURT OF INDIA) R G. Anand Appellant […]
  • Rajunder Narain Rae VS BIJAI GOVIND SING-20/12/1839 - JUDICIAL COMMITTE OF PRIVY COUNCIL Rajunder Narain Rae, and Cower Mohainder Narain Rae (the two surviving Sons and representatives of Rajah Sree Narain Rae),-Appellants; Bijai Govind Sing (Son and representative of Bhyajha, […]
  • The Concept of Possession: Why it needs to be protected - Possession is to be protected because a man by taking possession of an object has brought it within the sphere of his will. He has extended his personality into or over that object. As Hegel would have said, possession is the objective realization of free will. And by Kant's postulate, the will of any individual thus manifested is entitled to absolute respect from every other individual, and can only be overcome or set aside by the universal will, that is, by the state, acting through its organs, the courts.
  • The Genius of the Common Law: Frederick Pollock - In the sense and for the causes I have now shortly set forth, I propose as the general subject of these lectures the Genius of the Common Law. For reasons which seem imperative, I do not propose to handle the matter as a chronicler. A concise history of the Common Law might be a very good thing; I have thought once and again of its possibilities; but if ever the time comes when it can be brought within the compass of eight, ten or twelve lectures, it will be after much more searching and sifting have been done.
  • The Golden Age of the Common Law-From the Norman Conquest to the Death of Bracton: John Maxcy Zane - From: The Story of Law [1927] The Golden Age of the Common Law: From the Norman Conquest to the Death of Bracton The period of the Norman kings is one of gradual […]
  • The Silver Age of the Common Law-From the Accession of Edward I to the Death of Edward III- John Maxcy Zane - These men must have kept in mind an enormous amount of procedural rules. There were four hundred and seventy-one different original writs, each showing a different form of action and requiring its own special procedure.
  • What is Common Law - “the common law was an ‘antient collection of unwritten maxims and customs“ English law is said to be rooted in common law. Common law grew from the customs of the English people. It […]
  • What is common law legal system - The common law originally developed under the auspices of the adversarial system in historical England from judicial decisions that were based in tradition, custom, and precedent. The form of reasoning used in common law is known as casuistry or case-based reasoning. Common law may be unwritten or written in statutes or codes. The common law, as applied in civil cases (as distinct from criminal cases), was devised as a means of compensating someone for wrongful acts known as torts, including both intentional torts and torts caused by negligence and as developing the body of law recognizing and regulating contracts.

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