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Legal history: England & common law tradition: Forest law

Forest law: overview and sources

The forest law was maintained by specific officers (such as wardens, verderers, and foresters) and with two principal courts hearing charges of breach of the laws, the courts of attachment and the forest eyres.

The first link below is an open access introduction to Forest law. The subsequent links are contemporary to early seventeenth century sources and commentary. For modern commentary see box in right hand column.

Modern commentary and analysis