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"Sir Thomas Maitland is historically considered 'an autocratic ruler'. However, he is known for his important legislative reforms. Comment."

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  • Submitted: 28/01/2005
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University Degree English Legal System

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January 2004

"Sir Thomas Maitland is historically considered 'an autocratic ruler'. However, he is known for his important legislative reforms. Comment."

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Introduction 3

The Maitland Instructions (an overview of the legal overhaul) 3

Malta : A Colony in the grip of Plague 4

Reform of the Law Courts and Education System 5

Subsidiary legal reforms

Commission of Piracy 7

Law of Organisation and Civil Procedure 7

Bankruptcy 8

Public Registry and the Hypothecary System 8

Mortmain Law 8

Sanctuary 8

Appeals to the Privy Council 8

Conclusion 9

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lso known as 'King Tom', Sir Thomas Maitland is the only Mediterranean statesman in English history. He was the embodiment of England's power in the Mediterranean, and as his biographer1 upheld in the book "Sir Thomas Maitland"2, he was "...with one foot in Malta...and the other in Corfu, King Tom stood out as the visible embodiment of a Pax Brittanica. He bestrode the Mediterranean like a Colossus.". People living under his domain viewed him as a quarrelsome and

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