Book Review: Dewigged, Bothered and Bewildered: British Colonial Judges on Trial, 1800–1900
(2011) 35 Australian Bar Review 302-306
Posted: 22 Oct 2018
Date Written: October 19, 2018
True understanding of the law must be based on an appreciation of the history and evolution of its institutions, practices and rules. This fundamental principle is illustrated by John McLaren’s Dewigged, Bothered and Bewildered: British Colonial Judges on Trial, 1800-1900, published under the auspices of the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. This reminder is of particular signiﬁcance given the uncertain fate of legal history teaching in many Australian law schools. John McLaren, Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) has an extraordinary and distinguished record of legal historical scholarship, and is a frequent visitor to Australia and contributor to the Australian legal history milieu. Dewigged is, primarily, a study of the removal of troublesome judges from the colonies in the nineteenth century. Its aims, however, are broader — to provide an insight into the role of judges in colonial administration, as perceived in the colonies and in Britain, during a century of enormous legal change throughout the empire.
Keywords: legal history
JEL Classification: K10, K19
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