Judges and the law
Judges and the law

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4.2 Tyes of reports

4.2.1 Year Books (1275–1535)

The earliest reports of particular cases appeared between 1275 and 1535 in what are known as the Year Books. These reports are really of historical interest as they were originally written in a language known as Law French. As with the common law generally, the focus was on procedural matters and forms of pleading. Those who are engaged in the study of legal history will find the most important cases translated and collected together in the Seldon Society series or the Rolls series but, in the main, they represent a backwater little navigated by those whose concern is modern law.

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