Law Enforcements c1000-c1500

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  • Law Enforcement in Medieval England
    • Anglo-Saxon
      • Tithings: 10 for a hundred. Men over 12 were all responsible for each other's behaviour. Role was to prevent crime in their communities.
      • Hue and Cry: Anyone who witnessed a crime shouted for help and everybody who heard chased the suspects.
      • Hearings took place and the accused could swear their innocence under oath. Repeat offenders were not given the oath.
      • Trial by ordeal ( hot water, hot iron, cold water): Was a way of seeing if the accused is guilts in the eye of God. Wound not healed=guilty. Float= guilty
    • Norman England
      • CONT. Local collective responsibility. Tithings still existed. As well as Hue and Cry
    • Later Middle Ages
      • CONT: Hue and Cry with a small change of towns being subdivided into wards
      • Coroners: 1194 King Richard I brought them to deal with suspicious death
      • Justices of the Peace: (1361) Met 4 times a year to carry out magistrate duties and enforce the law. Selected on their status and wealth.


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