What legal protections does Magna Carta offer people today?

Magna Carta



  1. what about no penalty ie fine or prison imposed without a hearing

    1. Two things, first I think that's contained in the 1297 version rather than the one signed by King John in Runnymede that is usually cited. While it is technically still in force, it lacks any real bite today partly because it was only ever intended to grant protections to the Barons rather than to the common man and because it is actually pretty vague. Secondly, that clause requires no punishment to be imposed "... but by lawful judgment of his Peers, or by the Law of the Land." The Justices of the Peace Act 1361 also provides that punishment shall be administered only in accordance with the law. The far more recent and enforceable European Convention on Human Rights, as enacted by the Human Rights Act 1998 provides far stronger protections in Articles 4, 5, 6, 7 , 8, 9, 10 and 11 than any version of Magna Carta or the JPA 1361 grants.

      Also, this may be a crass point but if you rely on the HRA in court nobody will laugh at you. Although, in my experience you should bring a pile of textbooks that you can lend to the judge because they often seem unfamiliar with the whole thing.

  2. But Forest Law is so important. I need to collect firewood for my woodburner and not have my ears chopped off for disturbing the King's deer!

  3. Hi Linda. Yes I am a fuckwit and would like to buy some of your made-up bollocks. Shall I send you all my personal and financial details now, or would you prefer to reel me in a bit with your so convincing gobshite? D


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