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Common Law and Equity

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  • Essay length: 2545 words
  • Submitted: 18/04/2005
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GCSE Law

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To: Miss Hazell

From: Melissa Sweetman

Date: 24 January 2005

Subject: Common Law and Equity

1.0 Introduction

I have been asked to write a report on the development of common law and equity. Common law refers to the law created by judges that was historically significant but has been since superseded by parliament. It is in parallel with equity which refers to the source of law created by the Lord Chancellor which was designed to supplement the common law and allow people the opportunity to avoid the inherent problems. Equity is 'the gloss on the common law'. The following report will go through step by step on how common law and equity have developed between the years 1066 to our present day.

2.0 Development of Common Law

In very early times- before King Alfred, there was no system of justice which applied to the whole of the country. The population was not ruled by a single monarch, transport and communications were available to very few and no law books were available, however, the population was very small at this time, therefore meaning it was not required as much as nowadays.

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