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English common law owes very little to Roman law. However inevitably there are parallels, as any legal system has to deal with similar issues.

There are bits of English law which owe more to Roman models, through some aspects of international law and the canon law of the Roman Catholic Church.

A broad generalisation is to look at the structure of the English High Court before the re-allocation of responsibilities in the 1970s.

The Queen's Bench Division dealt with common law actions, the Chancery Division covered equity jurisdiction and the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division took in areas where there was some Roman law influence. PDA was known as the court of wrecks, as it dealt with the wrecks of lives, marriages and ships.

by Gary J on Tue Nov 13th, 2007 at 10:09:03 AM EST

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