What is Common Law?
Historically, Common Law came from the Anglo-Saxon people of England, but it was well known throughout the tribes of Europe..
Common Law was the law for the free women and men living on the land. It existed, and controlled and ruled the land of England previous to the reign of William the Conqueror , when the Normans conquered Anglo-Saxon England.
In it was the Golden Rule that deals with Social Justice.
In the negative form reading as: Do not unto others as you would not have others do unto you, and in the positive form as: Do unto other as you would have others do unto you.
Under Common Law, it is illegal to deprive anyone of his inalienable Rights (“inalienable” means
can not be given or taken away").
There is a Legal Maxim that says, "Rights never die", and the first Right of a Free man is the Right to Trial by Jury.
Where does Common Law come from?
It is on record in the Vatican --- The early Christian missionaries reported that the people of Northern Germany "already have the law".
It is suspected that early Phoenician or Hebrew tin traders taught these people the law many years before Christ Some sources report that Joseph of Arimathea who paid for the burial of Jesus (Greek) a.k.a. Yeshuah (Hebrew) sailed on a tin trading ship from Israel to Glastonbury in Britain and ministered the law and gospel to the Celtic people who lived there, and with their help established the first Christian congregation and church in what later became England.
This ministry in Britain by Joseph happened in the first century A.D., centuries before the formation of the Roman Catholic Church.
What governs Common Law?
The Biblical expression of the concept of common law can be found at Matthew 22:37-40 - Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
That is a profound request and whether or not we are believers in God, that request is at the heart of all manner of human rights, can only create human peace, would prevent abuse in families and workplaces, would give man back his right to live his life in harmony with other souls.
Yet, how can people pretend they live at the common law when they have hired benefactors to take away their neighbors' goods for their personal benefit?
Other ways of understanding Common Law is are:
- Women and men have the right to do anything they WILL to do so long as they do not infringe upon the similar rights of any other woman or man.
-Your freedom ends where my nose begins.
-Show the evidence that I have caused harm to another and then the law gives you the jurisdiction to proceed within the law against me (this is similar to the old latin phrase habeas corpus or show the body).
So to answer the question – What Governs Common Law?
You do. Each and every individual must use their freely God-given will to ensure that they treat their fellow man with respect and love.