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Edward Coke

Data di nascita: 1. Febbraio 1552
Data di morte: 3. Settembre 1634

Sir Edward Coke è stato un politico e giurista inglese, tra i più celebri dell'Età elisabettiana. Autore di influenti opere di diritto anglosassone, i suoi scritti sono da più di trecento anni alla base del sistema giuridico inglese.

Frasi Edward Coke

„That great lawyer was much heated in the controversy between the Courts at Westminster and the Ecclesiastical Courts. In every part of his conduct his passions influenced his judgment. Vir acer et vehemens.“

—  Edward Coke

His law was continually warped by the different situations in which he found himself.
Heath, J., Jefferson v. Bishop of Durham (1797), 2 Bos. & Pull. 131.
About, The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904)

„Law is the safest helmet.“

—  Edward Coke

Inscription in rings given by Coke to several of his friends on June 20, 1606, in anticipation of his judicial investiture; reported in Humphry William Woolrych, The Life of the Right Honourable Sir Edward Coke (1826) p. 75. Derived from a latin maxim, Lex est tutissima cassis; sub clypeo legis nemo decipitur: Law is the safest helmet; under the shield of the law no one is deceived.

„A witch is a person who hath conference with the Devil to consult with him or to do some act.“

—  Edward Coke

Reported in Margaret Alice Murray, The Witch-Cult in Western Europe: A Study in Anthropology (2007) p. 18.
Attributed

„Only this incident inseparable every custom must have, viz., that it be consonant to reason; for how long soever it hath continued, if it be against reason, it is of no force in law.“

—  Edward Coke

The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, or, A Commentary on Littleton, part 62a (London, 1628, ed. F. Hargrave and C. Butler, 19th ed., London, 1832).
Institutes of the Laws of England

„He is not cheated who knows he is being cheated.“

—  Edward Coke

The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, or, A Commentary on Littleton, (London, 1628, ed. F. Hargrave and C. Butler, 19th ed., London, 1832), First Institute.
Institutes of the Laws of England

„Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason… The law, which is perfection of reason.“

—  Edward Coke

The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, or, A Commentary on Littleton (London, 1628, ed. F. Hargrave and C. Butler, 19th ed., London, 1832), Third Institute. Compare: "Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason", Sir John Powell, Coggs vs. Bernard, 2 Ld. Raym. Rep. p. 911.
Institutes of the Laws of England

„The Common lawes of the Realme should by no means be delayed for the law is the surest sanctuary, that a man should take, and the strongest fortresse to protect the weakest of all, lex et tutissima cassis.“

—  Edward Coke

Institutes of the Laws of England, Second Part, vol. 1 (1642), Notes to Ch. XXIX of the Charter [Magna Carta], paragraph 1391 http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php&title=912&search=%22tutissima%22&chapter=61105&layout=html#a_1375898
Institutes of the Laws of England

„Magna Charta is such a fellow that he will have no sovereign.“

—  Edward Coke

Speech https://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/coke-selected-writings-of-sir-edward-coke-vol-iii#lf0462-03_head_079 to the committee of the House of Commons (20 May 1628)

„Six hours in sleep, in law's grave study six,
Four spend in prayer, the rest on Nature fix.“

—  Edward Coke

Translation of lines quoted by Coke. Compare: "Seven hours to law, to soothing slumber seven; Ten to the world allot, and all to heaven" - Sir William Jones.

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„The King himself should be under no man, but under God and the Law.“

—  Edward Coke

Prohibitions del Roy, 12 Co. Rep. 63, quoting Henry de Bracton's treatise on the laws and customs of England. http://www.uniset.ca/other/cs4/77ER1342.html
Institutes of the Laws of England

„Thought the bribe be small, yet the fault is great.“

—  Edward Coke

Institutes of the Laws of England, vol. 3.
Institutes of the Laws of England

„The gladsome light of jurisprudence.“

—  Edward Coke

The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, or, A Commentary on Littleton, (London, 1628, ed. F. Hargrave and C. Butler, 19th ed., London, 1832), First Institute.
Institutes of the Laws of England

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