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. Colour-coded map of the legal systems around the world, showing civil, common law, religious, customary and mixed legal systems.
- While laws are positive “is” statements (e.g. the fine for reversing on a highway is €500); law tells us what we “should” do.
- The Halakha is a code of