Equity VI

Because of the drawbacks of the writ system, in 1258, the Provisions of Oxford were issued, which expressly forbade the issue of new writs without the permission or consent of the King in Council.

The start of the Provisions of Oxford 1258 reads as follows: –

It has been provided that from each county there shall be elected four discreet and lawful knights who, on every day that the county is held [i.e. the county court], shall assemble to hear all complaints touching any wrongs and injuries inflicted on any persons by sheriffs, bailiffs, or any other men, and to make the attachments that pertain to the said complaints until the first arrival of the chief justiciar in those parts: so that they shall take from the plaintiff adequate pledges for his prosecution, and from the defendant for his coming and standing trial before the said justiciar on his first arrival; and that the four knights aforesaid shall have all the said complaints enrolled, together with their attachments, in proper order and sequence — namely, for each hundred separately and by itself — so that the said justiciar, on his first arrival, can hear and settle the aforesaid complaints singly from each hundred.

To read the full text please click on the link below: –

The Provisions of Oxford 1258

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