Category Archives: Legal History

What is a “Writ”?

A “writ” is written court order which commands someone to do something or to refrain from doing something. This term originated in English common law where it was first used to describe a written command from the King. As such, a writ … Continue reading

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Why are some cases decided by only 6 jurors instead of 12?

There’s nothing magical about the number 12, except that 12-person juries enjoy a long and rich history in the law.  Although informal use of juries pre-dates the 12th century, King Henry II (1154-1189) is credited with instituting the first official jury system, when … Continue reading

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