Today is Law Day, Commemorating the Magna Carta

St. Augustine turns 450 this year, and the Magna Carta turns 800 years old.  Handwritten in Latin in 1215 England, this “Great Charter of Liberties” inspired many basic rights of America today, including due process, habeas corpus, and trial by jury.  It embodies the idea that no one, no matter how powerful, is above the law.  Thus this year’s Law Day theme is “Magna Carta:  Symbol of Freedom Under the law.” Law Day is May 1 every year.  The event officially started in 1961 to mark a commitment to the rule of law in our nation, a notion that is now eight centuries old and counting. Happy Law Day!  Happy Due Process Everyday!   Read More

Law Day – May 1

Law Day is an annual event, officially started in 1961 to mark a commitment to the rule of law in our nation.   This year’s theme is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law:  Why Every Vote Matters” celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act this year, and next year’s golden anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  While a voters’ registration is great for participating in political elections, it is also vital for the fair administration of justice. A voters’ registration is not just good for election season, it also lets you help decide the fate of people in your community.  As a registered voter, you can make a difference in the legislative branch of government at the local, state, and national levels, and you can make a difference in the judicial branch by sitting on a jury for your peers.  A registered voter can change the outcome of a trial, but your jury vote does not count if you are not there to cast it. Most people would rather be fishing than to be in court, especially facing legal action against them—that is when they need their peers.  You have the power to help uphold the […] Read More

Mayday!

Since 1923, the term ‘mayday’ has been a distress signal from a French phrase that means come and help me.  In 1958, President Eisenhower established May 1st (May Day) as Law Day in the United States.  Most people do not call a lawyer until they are in distress, so the date stuck. Unless you are a legal professional, you may not recognize the nuances of the law, some of which could work against you (and some of which could work for you).  Depending on the case, attorney involvement can avoid or reduce adverse effects of a problem, and may cause a situation to be less costly.  Furthermore, good legal advice may be more readily available than you realize and less expensive than you anticipated. Sources of competent legal advice may include: 1. Legal Aid.  Visit the Legal Aid office for your area.  Even if you do not qualify for their help, they have information pamphlets which may be useful.  You can find out more online at http://www.jaxlegalaid.org/stjohns.html 2. Contact an Attorney.  An initial consultation is sometimes free of charge or at a low fee, depending on the matter. 3. Interactive Media.  Forums such as this website offer dialogue opportunities where […] Read More