The Strange Case of the Law

February 2015

3. Presumed Innocent

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Although England had a well-developed legal system by the 19th century, the trial process was stacked against the defendant. Crimes like theft and damage to property could be punished by death, but trials were often over in minutes and most defendants had no-one to put their case other than the judge himself.

2. The Pursuit of Liberty

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Many of the rights and freedoms we take for granted today were forged during the turbulent 17th and 18th centuries, when courageous men used the law to challenge tyranny and the abuse of power.

1. Laying Down the Law

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English common law, with its emphasis on the role of the jury, set a standard of fairness that has influenced legal systems across the world. Many of the features that characterise today's courts were in place by as early as the 14th century. How did England come to have such a distinctive and enduring system?
December 2014

Episode of December 10, 2014

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Barrister Harry Potter looks at the history of English justice.(R)
June 2013

Episode of Wednesday 13 March 2013

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Barrister Harry Potter looks at the history of English justice.
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