Magna carta, common law values and the constitution

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7. More recently, Lord Judge described Magna Carta as "the most important single document in the development of constitutional and legal freedom and adherence to the rule of law in the common law world"8.

Under our written Constitution, distinguished by its separation of judicial power from other functions of government and allocation of express legislative powers pursuant to the federal compact, the task of determining the limits of governmental, legislative and executive power has involved quite different judicial techniques, to which I will come.

Irrespective of historical contests, and many differing opinions of the legal significance of Magna Carta

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