By Dennis R. Klinck

ISBN-10: 075466774X

ISBN-13: 9780754667742

Judicial fairness constructed in England in the course of the medieval interval, supplying another entry to justice for instances that the inflexible constructions of the typical legislations couldn't accommodate. the place the typical legislation used to be limited by means of precedent and strict procedural and sizeable principles, fairness trusted ideas of common justice - or 'conscience' - to make a decision situations and correct wrongs. Overseen by way of the Lord Chancellor, fairness turned one of many dual pillars of the English felony process with the court docket of Chancery enjoying an ever higher function within the criminal lifetime of the kingdom. but, while the Chancery used to be usually - and nonetheless occasionally is - known as a 'court of conscience', there's remarkably little consensus approximately what this really potential, or certainly whose judgment of right and wrong is less than discussion.

This learn tackles the tough topic of where of judgment of right and wrong within the improvement of English fairness in the course of a very important interval of criminal heritage. Addressing the inspiration of moral sense as a juristic precept within the courtroom of Chancery in the course of the 16th and 17th centuries, the ebook explores how the concept that used to be understood and the way it figured in felony judgment. Drawing upon either felony and broader cultural fabrics, it explains how that figuring out differed from sleek notions and the way it may were extra in line with standards we more often than not go together with target criminal judgement than the trendy, extra 'subjective', notion of moral sense. The research culminates with an exam of the chancellorship of Lord Nottingham (1673-82), who, as a result of his efforts to rework fairness from a jurisdiction linked to discretion into one in accordance with principles, is conventionally considered as the daddy of recent, 'systematic' equity.

From a broader standpoint, this research will be obvious as a contribution to the iconic dialogue of the connection among 'formal' bills of legislations, which see it as structures of ideas, and not more formal money owed, which attempt to make room for intuitive ethical or prudential reasoning.

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