Saturday, February 2, 1974

Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. (1 Cranch) 137 Page 5 U. S. 163 (1803)


The very essence of civil liberty certainly consists in the right of every individual to claim the protection of the laws whenever he receives an injury. One of the first duties of government is to afford that protection. In Great Britain, the King[1] himself is sued in the respectful form of a petition, and he never fails to comply with the judgment of his court.” Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. (1 Cranch) 137 Page 5 U. S. 163 (1803)


[1] It should be noted that as early as 1215 in the Magna Carta (§ 61) The King acknowledge that he had responsibility for the actions of his Judges and assumed the liability of the right of Redress for their actions. ““If we, our chief justice (judges), our officials, or any of our servants offend in any respect against any man, or transgress any of the articles of the peace or of this security… they shall come to us - or in our absence from the kingdom to the chief justice - to declare it and claim immediate redress… by seizing our castles, lands, possessions, or anything else saving only our own person and those of the queen and our children, until they have secured such redress as they have determined upon.” ”