Statute Law in Colonial Virginia

Statute Law in Colonial Virginia Governors, Assemblymen, and the Revisals That Forged the Old Dominion

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Between 1632 and 1748, Virginia's General Assembly revised the colony's statutes seven times. These revisals provide an invaluable opportunity to gauge how governors, councilors, and burgesses created a hybrid body of colonial statute law that would become the longest strand in the American legal fabric. In Statute Law in Colonial Virginia, Warren Billings presents a series of snapshots that depict the seven revisions of the corpus juris the General Assembly undertook. In so doing, he highlights the good, the corrupt, and the loathsome applications of broad legislative authority throughout the colonial era. Each revision was built on prior written law and embodies the members' legal knowledge and statutory craftsmanship, revealing their use of an unbridled discretion to further the interests they represented. Statutes undergirded Virginia's evolving legal culture, and by examining these revisals and their links, Billings casts light on the hybrid nature of Virginia statute law and its relation to English laws.

Book information

ISBN: 9780813945644
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Imprint: University of Virginia Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 349.75509032
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xvii, 168
Weight: 398g
Height: 229mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 18mm