This “great charter” or Magna Carta of 1215 also required that the King’s entourage of judges hold their courts and judgments at “a certain place” rather than dispensing autocratic justice in unpredictable places about the country. A concentrated and elite group of judges acquired a dominant role in law-making under this system, and compared to its European counterparts the English judiciary became highly centralised. In 1297, for instance, while the highest court in France had fifty-one judges, the English Court of Common Pleas had five. This powerful and tight-knit judiciary gave rise to a systematised process of developing common law. Professor Marshfield teaches and writes in the areas of local government law, state constitutional law, and constitutional change.
- He said that, for example, “early customary law” and “municipal law” were contexts where the word “law” had two different and irreconcilable meanings.
- From the development of its first curriculum in 1859,