Magna Carta (Great Charter), the liberty of citizens & the rule of law


The Magna Carta – Latin for Great Charter

The Magna Carta, sealed under oath by King John at Runnymede, England in 1215, became part of English law, and subsequently adopted into Australian law.  It has been described as ‘the foundation stone of the rule of law’ by Lord Irvine of Lairg in his lecture on the Magna Carta to the Australian Parliament, click here to read it. Continue reading

The rule of law


“Every person in [Australia] is required to live under and obey the law.  [This is the rule of law.] Every person is entitled to use the law to protect their rights and interests.”


From the South Australian Law Handbook ‘About’, online version,
with adaptations and additions in brackets,
Legal Services Commission,