The Nineteenth-century Movement for Reform

A. W. B. Simpson

in A History of the Land Law

Second edition

Published in print July 1986 | ISBN: 9780198255376
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681585 | DOI:
The Nineteenth-century Movement for Reform

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Consciousness of the defects of the post-medieval law, and the possibility of improving it by legislation or judicial decision, long predate the nineteenth century. Thus the seventeenth century saw what has been called a popular movement for law reform, and under the Commonwealth a variety of proposals were advanced for simplifying the law. In particular it was proposed that fines and recoveries be abolished and the barring of entails simplified, fines for alienation of copyhold lands restricted, the half-blood allowed to inherit, and a system of registration of conveyances and descents of lands established locally.

Keywords: law reform; Commonwealth; alienation; copyhold lands; descent of land; legislation

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Subjects: History of Law

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