Dr Bonham's Case and ‘void’ statutes

@article{Williams2006DrBC,
  title={Dr Bonham's Case and ‘void’ statutes},
  author={Ian Williams},
  journal={The Journal of Legal History},
  year={2006},
  volume={27},
  pages={111 - 128}
}
  • Ian Williams
  • Published 1 August 2006
  • Law
  • The Journal of Legal History
There are two opinions on Coke's remarks in Dr Bonham's Case concerning ‘void’ statutes. Firstly that Coke was assuming a power to declare statutes void as incompatible with some form of higher order law; secondly that Coke was merely asserting a power to interpret statutes. This article suggests that the range of meanings of the word ‘void’ in early-modern English law undermines the foundations of the first position, and that there is no good evidence suggesting a natural law position. Coke's… 
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