The Development of Criminal Law<sup>1</sup>

Sir John Baker

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780198258179
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681806 | DOI:

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England Series isbn 0-19-961352-4

The Development of Criminal Law1

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This chapter examines the development of criminal law in England during the Tudor period. Some rulings of the court became law only to the extent that they were reported orally or in writing so that they can be absorbed by the profession as ‘experience’. This chapter suggests that criminal law may have developed in the first instance as a corpus of ‘experience’.

Keywords: criminal law; oral reporting; legal history; Tudor period; judicial history

Chapter.  3785 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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