Influenced legal systems across the world
In this television series consiting of three episodes, barrister Harry Potter tells the remarkable story of English justice for BBC Four.
English common law, with its emphasis on the role of the jury, set a standard of fairness that has influenced legal systems across the world. Many of the features that characterise today's courts were in place by as early as the 14th century. How did England come to have such a distinctive and enduring system?