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1812-1814 Case JournalCase Entries from 1812

Browsing through one’s books at home can bring reminders of people, places and projects.  A travel book evokes memories of having taken a wonderful trip, or reflects a hoped-for adventure.  We may remember the loved one who gave a special book as a gift.  We may have books on our projects – gardening, feng shui, plumbing – skills that we have learned or plan to tackle.  These pages connect us with our personal histories, and help create road maps for future plans.

Browsing through books at the local law library connects us with our collective legal history, and helps us predict the outcome of future cases.  This interesting journal at the Franklin Law Library lists cases heard in Greenfield from 1812 to 1814 where damages and costs totaled about $10 to $20.  Historical cases reflect a different time, but are the very foundation upon which current law is decided.  That is the basis of our stare decisis system of jurisprudence.  The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries have books and electronic databases with cases spanning the centuries.  These public law libraries belong to every one.  Stop by your local law library today for a piece of history and a glimpse into the future!

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