Chapter

Conversion and Detinue

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258179.003.0045

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

Conversion and Detinue

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This chapter examines the law of torts as it related to conversion and detinue in England during the Tudor period. The standard medieval remedies for wrongs to chattels were trespass de bonis asportatis for taking them with force, and the praecipe writ of detinue for withholding them. This chapter discusses specific cases of conversion and detinue filed during this period and analyses the legal bases of a number of courts' decisions. It also describes the factors that led to the evolution of the laws governing conversion and detinue.

Keywords: conversion; detinue; law of torts; trespass; praecipe writ; Tudor period

Chapter.  4727 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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