Assize of novel disseisin

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In English law, the Assize of novel disseisin ("recent dispossession") was an action to recover lands of which the plaintiff had been disseised, or dispossessed. The action became extremely popular due to its expediency. Rather than dealing with the issue of lawful possession, it simply asked whether a dispossession had taken place, in which case the property was restored to the plaintiff, and the question of true ownership was dealt with later.

It was one of the so-called "petty assizes" established by the Assize of Clarendon by Henry II in 1166. Like the other two assizes, it was abolished in 1833.[1]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Sutherland, Donald W. The Assize of Novel Disseisin. Oxford University PresS. 21 June 1973. ISBN 0-19-822410-9.
  • Frederick, Sir Pollock and Frederic William Maitland. The History of English Law Before the Time of Edward I]. 2nd edition. 30 Sept 1996. ISBN 1-886363-22-6.
  • Milsom, S.F.C., Historical Foundations of the Common Law (2nd ed.). Lexis Law Publishing (Va), 1981) ISBN 0406625034


  1. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Assize". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.