Uncontested Facts about Common Law
- Common Law is part of the British legal system, and is older than Parliament, and the statute law it administrates
- 'Commonwealth' states like Canada and New Zealand derive their legal system from the British system
- In a number of countries governed by Commonwealth states, a 'Freeman-on-the-Land' movement has arisen, where people use common law to defend themselves against a perceived erosion of basic rights by the state
- The 'Claim of Right' is a long-established common law defence, and is acknowledged in New Zealand statute law in the Crimes Act 1961
Claims and Counterclaims about Common Law
The Status of Common Law in Aotearoa/ New Zealand
1. The New Zealand State is controlled by a US corporation called 'Her Majesty the Queen in Right of New Zealand'
1. The New Zealand State is an independent, sovereign nation-state
2. The Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 allows tangata whenua to protect land from being confiscated as payment of debts.
|2. The Ture Whenua crowd are nuts
Points of Interest
- Dan Greenman runs a website documenting his experiences asserting his common law rights in his interactions with police and other agents of the NZ state
- The common law Claim of Right was successfully used to defend three men who symbolically damaged the GCSB spy base at Waihopai