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A Touch of History

English Common Law created and refined by judges, in order to set a precedent on which our legal system is based, has had a substantial impact on the law around the world. Our common law, which originated in the middles ages, has had a great influence in many nations, to the extent that the law in India, Asia and America is largely based on the English Common Law.

Sir Frederick Pollock, in the New York Times 1911, wrote of how the common law spread overseas and held its own with rivals:

"Only one law, the common law, has ever gone forth into the world beyond the narrow seas under or in company with the British flag: and wherever the British flag has gone much of the spirit of the common law has gone with it, if not of the letter also. Everywhere our system has made it's mark, and often without official confidence"

The New York Times  Published: October 11, 1911 Copyright © The New York Times

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