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    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2018
     
    There's only so many ways you can run a legal system, so they will inevitably have things in common (10 points if you pick up the extremely obscure pun in that sentence). Like the language, the Common Law borrows from everywhere. The significant difference between the Common Law from England and the Civil Law is the extent of judicial legislating-in the Civil Law systems; much of the Law is encoded whereas under the "pure" Common Law system (which is a lot more flexible) the Law is "discovered" by judges. These days, most systems are a bit of a mish-mash of the two. For example, the US with its "Restatement" of tort law has moved away from the "pure" system whereas we, for example, are a lot closer to the original but becoming less so, especially after the "Insurance Crisis" at the turn of the 21st century which led to government intervention and modification of the tort law system in favour of institutional defendants.

    The Kiwis, of course, have gone down a completely different course and abolished Personal Injury law, replacing it with a state run compensation system where there is no ;liability for injury. This is why you can do things like bungee jumping and extreme jet boating in New Zealand, whereas in other countries the insurers take a jaundiced view of it.
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      CommentAuthoroak
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2018
     
    Posted By: AngusI'd like to hear from our resident lawyers on this. I always thought the English common law was not derived from Roman law. . . .

    That's my understanding. The common law was largely based on judges making up the rules for decision as they went along, and their decisions were treated as the law. Parliament could alter the law by statute.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2018
     
    Posted By: AsterixI've been struggling to remember an old film where a witness, not being conversant in English, gives testimony in the only common language shared with the court--Latin.

    Anyone recall it?


    Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ"?
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2018
     
    No, this would have been a 1930s-1940s flick.
    • CommentAuthorBigOilRep
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2018
     
    Posted By: AsterixI've been struggling to remember an old film where a witness, not being conversant in English, gives testimony in the only common language shared with the court--Latin.

    Anyone recall it?

    Lethal Weapon 4
    • CommentAuthorBigOilRep
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2018
     
    Posted By: AsterixNo, this would have been a 1930s-1940s flick.

    Lethal Weapon 1?
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    That was probably around one million BC
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2018
     
    What were the stats on mass stonings back then?
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2019
     
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2019
     
    Boy, is that ugly.
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2019
     
    Posted By: AngusBoy, is that ugly.
    Yes, it would almost pass as USAn ...
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2019
     
    Just thought I'd include a rundown of the auto lunacy at CES 2019. Enjoy!
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    A smart yacht - I'd been waiting for that.
    The day of the car with no steering wheel is almost upon us. Inside, the seats are arranged around a table.
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2019
     
    There have been smart yachts for a long long time. For example, a lot of people going from SoCal to the sports fishing waters off Baja California at night simply turn on the autopilot and go back to the cabin to party. They presume North bound traffic will see their lights and dodge them. One time it worked out badly. A number of years ago a yacht hit South Coronado Island at speed and several people were killed. When they set the course, they were far away and South Coronado didn't show with the scale they used on their chart plotter. There are more examples of similar oops moments.
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      CommentAuthoralsetalokin
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2019 edited
     
    A smart yacht runs into an island? That's not very smart.
    How about a smart destroyer running into an oil tanker? That's just stupid.
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    How about an Aircraft Carrier threatening a light house?
    the tale may be BS but it resembles Marion Morrison and reflects his attitude when I met him at Port Hardy.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2019
     
    What was Marion doing at Port Hardy? Using the John?
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    Pretty sharp Angus he was Whyning about the locals

    After insulting the local population ,and businesses including the marine fuel dock operator he was attempting to get fuel for is boat so he could continue up the coast to Alaska. He was not to popular on the dock and ended up renting a truck and bringing fuel to his boat in drums.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2019
     
    I heard he was pretty much a paper tiger.
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    well he was a big man over 6 ft IIRC.