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Villenous Judgment

English Law: Villenous Judgment in the Past

In the English law it was a judgment given by the common law in attaint or in cases of conspiracy.


Its effects were to make the object of it lose his liberam legem and become infamous. He forfeited his goods and chattels and his lands during life; and this barbarous judgment further needd that his lands should be wasted, his houses razed, his trees rooted up and that his body should be cast into-prison. He ‘could not be a juror or witness. Burr. 996, 1027; 4 Bl. Com. 136. [1]


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  1. Partialy, this information about villenous judgment is based on the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, 1848 edition. There is a list of terms of the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, including villenous judgment.

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  • Article Name: Villenous Judgment
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  • Description: English Law: Villenous Judgment in the Past In the English law it was a judgment given by the common law in attaint or in [...]

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