Thursday, 14 July 2011

Sir Edward Coke on the supremacy of Parliament

From 4 Inst 36:

"Of the power and jurisdiction of the Parliament, for making of laws in proceeding by Bill, it is so transcendent and absolute, as it cannot be confined either for causes or persons within any bounds....

Yet some examples are desired.  Daughters and Heirs apparent of a man or woman, may by Act of Parliament inherit during the life of the Ancestor.

It may adjudge an Infant or Minor of full age.

To attaint a man of treason after his death.

To naturalize a mere Alien, and make him a Subject born.  It may bastard a child that by law is legitimate....

To legitimate one that is illegitimate, and born before marriage absolutely."