American Civil Procedure by Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr., Michele Taruffo

By Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr., Michele Taruffo

Discussing either specifics and broader issues, this ebook describes and analyzes civil litigation within the usa. The e-book explains (without legalese) jury trial, adversary approach, the ability of the courts to make legislations in addition to to claim it, and the function of civil justice in executive.

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The civil law system had its historic origin in the Justinian Code formulated by the Roman emperor in the sixth century and carried forward through the canon law of the Roman Catholic church and a scholastic legal tradition in the medieval and Renaissance periods.  The Civil Code was designed to clarify and rationalize the legal system, synthesizing all legal principles into a concise code that could be universally understood.  The task of the courts is to ascertain the rules and apply them to specific cases; the task of the judge is to guide the reception of evidence revealing the matter in dispute; and the task of the advocates is to assist the judge in this ministerial task.

Such a political philosophy would put radical reform of judicial procedure high on the political agenda after the Revolution.  Hence, Page 24 American political tradition combined a legally conservative component that argued against radical change in the received legal system, including the system of procedure.  Most of the New England states and those along the Atlantic coast continued to adhere to the old system until the twentieth century. The principal features of the code­pleading system were as follows: First, the distinction between law and equity was abolished, except for preservation of jury trial.

Civil procedure thereby is the medium for presenting legal claims of social, political, and economic justice, and the courts are the immediate arbiter of the issues, sometimes their ultimate arbiter.  Both of these principles are constitutional, being established in the Constitution of the United States and corresponding constitutions of each of the states.  State government also creates and regulates local government organization, including cities, counties, and special­purpose bodies such as school districts.

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