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Blanked page up to its 4th anniversary 07:18, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

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For fixing errors recently forced into Common law. Bearian (talk) 15:03, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

Thanks, Bearian, for awarding this distinction to....Qexigator (talk) 16:34, 10 June 2016 (UTC)


Very droll, Q. Thewikibeagles (talk) 22:30, 13 June 2016 (UTC)

Common law[edit]

Thanks for all your work on common law. However, I don't think edits like this [1] should be marked as a minor edit. FuriouslySerene (talk) 21:03, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

OK, perhaps a shade more than minor, but no more than tidy up trim. Please tweak or otherwise rectify or query any of my previous, or later edits if any. I think we agree the article needs to be crisply written and balanced, and free from waffle, and generally in encyclopedic style. The structure, as shown in the contents box, seems about right but there may still be some text which needs revising. Qexigator (talk) 23:19, 14 June 2016 (UTC)
+Diff showing further edits to date, mainly subsection "Records and literature" for middle ages.[2]] 09:59, 15 June 2016 (UTC)
I certainly agree the article badly needs to be cleaned up, and I was not objecting to the substance of your edits. Just pointing out, however, that Wikipedia policy states that "Any change that affects the meaning of an article is not minor, even if it concerns a single word; for example, the addition or removal of "not" is not a minor edit." I just wanted to point out that your edit certainly changes the meaning of the article and shouldn't be marked as minor. FuriouslySerene (talk) 14:45, 15 June 2016 (UTC)
...badly needs to be cleaned up. Can you say more about that? Qexigator (talk) 15:01, 15 June 2016 (UTC)
Diff showing cumulated revisions, 5-17 June.[3] 17:54, 17 June 2016 (UTC)

Revision 30 May to 20 June[edit]

I am listing here my series of edits to the text of Common law, from 30 May to 20 June 2016,[4] not including minor corrections etc., or "See also" and other links.

0 Lead

  • necessary to include a concise description of origin[5] (this later moved down to 'History')
  • restore (with c/e tweaks) as was up to April 2014, before IP edit[6]
  • restore first sentence as at 22:28, 5 April 2014[7]
  • rmv verbiage unsuited to lead, and clarify[8]
  • law reports[9]
  • restore wording as of 17:53, 5 June and end December 2013[10]
  • trim lead, reducing repetition[11]
  • c/e with links to "legal case" and Lists of case law[12]
  • concise summary of part of present version[13]


1 Primary connotations

  • c/e prose, rmv imposed typology[14]

1.1 Description

  • description, OED[15]
  • rmv personal opinion babel[16]
  • restore Description etc. rectified[17]

1.2 Common law as opposed to statutory law and administrative/regulatory law 1.3 Common law legal systems as opposed to civil law legal systems 1.4 Law as opposed to equity

2 Basic principles of common law

  • rmv insufficiently sourced, both too general and over detailed, not peculiar to common law, and not descriptive of any distinctive


2.1 Developed to meet changing social needs

2.2 Interaction of constitutional, statutory and common law 2.3 Overruling precedent—the limits of stare decisis 2.4 Common law as a foundation for commercial economies

3 History 3.1 Development of common law before 21st century

  • 2 merging to History section[21]
  • 3 + minor copy edits[22]
  • outline[23]
  • historically, all common law systems from England until end of appellate jurisdiction of JCPC[24]
  • interstices of procedure[25]

3.2 Records and literature

  • Records and literature[26]

3.3 Archaic

  • clarify origins of jury trial[27]
  • add hundred courts and c/e[28]

3.4 From 11th century

3.5 Medieval English common law

3.6 Influences of foreign legal systems

  • trim out rambling text, inaccurate or adding nothing[31]
  • rmv digression about Becket's murder, add legal year [32]

3.6.1 Roman law 3.7 Propagation of the common law to the colonies and Commonwealth by reception statutes 3.8 Decline of Latin maxims, and adding flexibility to stare decisis

3.9 1870 through 20th century, and the procedural merger of law and equity

  • rmv chatty but uninformative reference to a 19c.novel, first intruded by an IP August 2009, and errant source link[33]

3.10 Common law pleading and its abolition in the early 20th century

  • rmv (longstanding, 29 Dec 2008) unsourced waffle about "the legal academy"[34]
  • some trimming and sourcing[35]

4 Contrasts between common law and civil law systems

  • mention Corpus Juris[36]
  • writs[37]
  • acts codifying parts of common law in England[38]
  • no criminal code[39]
  • + penal code[40]

5 Common law legal systems in the present day

  • trim out, better put in section "Contrasts between common law and civil law systems"[41]
  • law reports and the body of a jurisdiction's case law[42]
  • refs for "leading case" and "landmark decsions"[43]

5.1 Scotland.... 6 Alternatives to common law systems

7 Scholarly works

  • add Pollock & Maitland, 1898 in Scholarly works section[44] (now in 'History: Development of common law before 21st century' )

Qexigator (talk) 22:51, 18 June 2016 (UTC)

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