Historical, Constitutional and Philosophical Observations on the Tories’ Plans to Privatise the Courts

A core issue thats importance cannot be over emphasied. and goes all the way back via Magna Carta to the anglo saxon times. The idea of private justice in the UK or anywhere for that matter is simply monstrous. We need to end the government of these entitled capitalists right now before it is too late.

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I have to say that I’m still somewhat stunned by the Conservatives’ suggestion that the court service should be privatised. This seems to be absolutely barking mad, and attacking the most fundamental, basic duty of the state, at least as it has existed in the West since the ancient world. In the Middle Ages the basic function of the state was to provide military protection and promote justice. There were private courts on the manors of the feudal aristocracy, along with the system of royal courts that also dispensed justice at local and county levels. These were the hundred and shire courts of Anglo-Saxon England. After the Norman Conquest, Henry I introduced the ‘justices in eyre’, judges that went on regular set circuits around England hearing cases. I believe the assize system was introduced by that other ‘lion of justice’, Henry II. One of the reasons England never developed the…

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