The mysteries of the black robed legal arts have been hidden for centuries, as has so much important information.
Now its less hidden but propagandized as impossible for the average man to grasp (and out of the reach of even most lawyers).
Is law a science with set rules and repeatable outcomes? Or is it a quagmire of egos, power brokers and the whims of the men and women behind the bench?
The answer, I think, is…both.
Every game has a set of rules that even the referees are bound by. If you know those rules and force the referee to abide by them you tend to get more “law as science”.
The big problem is that very few people ever know the rules of the game, never mind develop the skills to execute the available strategies well.
The real question is: how to learn the rules of any game, or the strategies, and most importantly the principles that underlie a successful foray into the game?
In the advance member levels of private-person.com we will delve more deeply into the specific areas. For now lets visit a great resource often forgotten by independent legal researchers.
Free, online, court decisions.
Yes, the published decisions by judges. You can often learn more about the law by reading the usually detailed analysis of the relevant law in the context of a trial and the circumstances of the case, than by reading the law itself.
Many researchers read the law and try to figure out what, whom and why it applies. Why not listen to the “learned judges” as to what they have concluded it says and how it applies or doesn’t apply?
You may not agree with their decisions often. But there is an art and correct attitude to reading decisions that few people grasp.
Court decisions also reveal a researched line of law and logic that you can follow to understand how they came to their decision. Although some factors that are in play are not explicitly identified so as not to “give the game away”. Learning to read between the lines and see what legal principles are in play but not discussed can lead to agreement with the decision.
Sometimes judges will also leave clues as to what could have been done by one party but was not, leaving you with insights unavailable to the party in that case.
Legal concepts, principles and procedures are all discussed, analyzed and laid bare in many court cases.
Want to know the meaning of a legal concept/term like “what is property”? Well it’s been discussed in length with legal references and research all done for you.
How about “right to privacy”? Yep. Research, examples, cases, theories and variables all done for you. Name a concept and the research has been done, its published and available for free.
Have a look. Read case decisions. You’ll learn far more than from some lay people spouting half baked legal theories about what the law says. This also gives you the way to check any information you get about what the law actually may say, whether its an agent of the state claiming it, or a lay person.
It’s your right and duty to know the law. It’s your right and duty to live within the law and utilize it for your own benefit to the fullest extent possible.
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