According to Ezzat Fattah

According to Ezzat Fattah
Between the 6th and 11th centuries
There was nothing in England which resembled today’s criminal code
Instead, social conflict was seen as tort
And the typical methods of conflict resolution
Resembled more closely our civil law process
Insofar as restitution, either by agreement or by tribunal
Was the most common method used to resolve such conflicts

The shift to crime being a legally distinct group
Of offences against the state
Was later encouraged by feudal lords
Because it enabled them to appropriate land
And other assets as fines
In fact, settling a conflict without the consent of a court
Was itself criminalised
An offence known as “compounding”
How authoritarian is that?

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