Principal and Accessory Act 1275

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Principal and Accessory Act 1275
the English Parliament
Part of the First Statute of Westminster

STATUTUM WEST' PRIMUM. The Statute of WESTMINSTER, the First, Made at Westminster 25 die Aprilis, Anno 3 EDWARDI I. and Anno Dom. 1275.


Principal and Accessory Act 1275


1275 (3 Edw. 1) C A P. XIV.


THESE be the Acts of King EDWARD, Son to King HENRY, made at Westminster at his first Parliament general after his Coronation, on the Mondayof Easter Utas, the third Year of his Reign, by his Council, and the Assent of Archbishops, Bishops, Abbots, Priors, Earls, Barons, and all the Commonalty of the Realm being thither summoned, because our Lord the King had great Zeal and Desire to redress the State of the Realm in such Things as required Amendment, for the common Profit of holy Church, and of the Realm: And because the State of[1] the holy Church had been evil kept, and the Prelates and religious Persons of the Land grieved many ways, and the People otherwise intreated than they ought to be, and the Peace less kept, and the Laws less used, and the Offenders less punished than they ought to be, by reason where of the People of the Land feared the less to offend; the King hath ordained and established these Acts underwritten, which he intendeth to be necessary and profitable unto the whole Realm.


Appeal against the Principal and Accessary.


Co. 1. 9. f. 119. Plowd. 97. 2 R. 3. 51. 9 H. 7. 19. 20 Ed. 4. 7. 7 H. 4. 36.

Fitz. Coron. 10, 12, 33.

Rast. pla. f. 42, 47, 48.

2 Inst. 182.

AND forasmuch as it hath been used in some Counties to outlaw Persons being appealed of Commandment, Force, Aid, or Receipt within the same Time that he which is appealed for the Deed, is outlawed;" 'It is provided and[2] commanded by the King, That none be outlawed upon Appeal of Commandment, Force, Aid, or Receipt, until he that is appealed of the Deed be attainted, so that one like Law be used therein through the Realm:

(2) Nevertheless he that will so appeal, shall not, by reason of this, intermit or leave off to commence his Appeal at the next County against them, no more than against their Principals, which he appealed of the Deed; but their Exigent shall remain, until such as be appealed of the Deed be attainted by Outlawry, or otherwise.'


Note : this act is listed in the Chronological Table of Statutes as the Principal and Accessory Act, 1275


  1. For because the State of the holy Church, readbecause the State of his Kingdom and of the holy Church, &c.
  2. For commanded, read granted.


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