John Hudson

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780198260301
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740640 | DOI:

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England


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This chapter outlines the main stages through which court cases might proceed, whilst noting flexibility and variation. It begins by describing two cases in detail. The first case comes from the Libellus Æthelwoldi, which recounts Bishop Æthelwold's land dealings in relation to the abbey of Ely. The second case comes from Lantfred's Miracles of St Swithun. The chapter then discusses bringing an accusation or claim, ensuring attendance, further pleading and argument, mesne judgment, proof, final judgment, and enforcement.

Keywords: court cases; court procedure; accusation; pleading; mesne judgment; enforcement; English law; Anglo-Saxon period

Chapter.  14067 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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