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George Joseph Bell – law Commissioner<sup>☼</sup>

William M Gordon

in Roman Law, Scots Law and Legal History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625161
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671571 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625161.003.0017
George Joseph Bell – law Commissioner☼

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The high regard in which Bell is held is generally based on his Commentaries and Principles but he had an important role in the extensive programme of law reform which took place over the nineteenth century and beyond. His first involvement was with the Court of Session and the Jury Court in the 1820s but his major work was on a Commission set up in 1833 and finally expiring in 1839. Through its Reports it was ultimately responsible for a stream of legislation on diligence, the Court of Session, the Sheriff Courts and conveyancing. Investigation of its work underlines the vast material relevant to legal history to be found in Parliamentary Papers.

Keywords: George Joseph Bell; Law Commission of 1833; Courts; Diligence; Conveyancing; Parliamentary Papers

Chapter.  9850 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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