The Rule of Law in a Penal Colony: Law and Politics in Early New South Wales

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Pub. Date: 2002-04-30
Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
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This book, written by a lawyer and unique for its perspective based in both legal and social history, illuminates the important role played by the concept of the rule of law in the transformation of New South Wales from a penal colony to a free society. The convicts had first-hand experience of criminal law, but all the settlers were part of a culture that emphasized the rule of law as the guarantee of its fundamental political value, British liberty. Dr. Neal outlines the interaction between law and politics in early New South Wales, where because there were no official political structures, the courts served as a de facto parliament and a means of political expression.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Abbreviations ix
Preface xi
Great Changes
Free Society, Penal Colony, Slave Society, Prison?
The Rule of Law
The Courts
The Magistracy
Policing a Penal Colony
The Campaign for Trial by Jury
Appendices 198(4)
Notes 202(47)
Bibliography 249(15)
Index 264

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