I know they often refer to the American legal system as the “Anglo-American” system. After all, we started out as one of their colonies. And we have apparently retained many of their legal traditions, like trial by jury. But how many specific ideas do we share, and what American terms would be foreign in British law?
Let me be more specific. I know habeas corpus and trial by jury are found both in U.S. and British legal systems. I also read the British Bill of Rights quite some time back. But I clearly recall reading the phrase “cruel and unusual punishment” in it. So if I have to be more specific in what I am looking for, let me throw out several well-established American legal terms: probable cause, due process and freedom of speech. If you brought up any one of these 3 terms in a British court of law, for example, would they have any idea what you were talking about?
I’m sure there are more terms. Feel free to bring them up if you reply to this thread.
And as always, thank you very much to all who reply:)