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Adoption of English Law in Maryland

Posted: 10 May 2011  

Garrett Power

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

It served as an axiom of Maryland’s constitutional history that settlers carried with them the "rights of Englishmen" when they crossed the Atlantic. In 1642 the Assembly of Maryland Freemen declared Maryland’s provincial judges were to follows the law of England. Maryland’s 1776 Declaration of Independence left a legal lacuna - what were to be the laws and public institutions of this newly created sovereign entity? This paper considers the manner in which the sovereign state of Maryland filled the void.

Keywords: Maryland, laws

Suggested Citation

Power, Garrett, Adoption of English Law in Maryland (2011). U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1836645 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1836645

Garrett Power (Contact Author)

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law ( email )

500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1786
United States

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